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poker1

[poh-ker] /ˈpoʊ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that pokes.
2.
a metal rod for poking or stirring a fire.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; poke1 + -er1

poker2

[poh-ker] /ˈpoʊ kər/
noun
1.
a card game played by two or more persons, in which the players bet on the value of their hands, the winner taking the pool.
Origin
1825-35, Americanism; perhaps orig. braggart, bluffer; compare Middle Low German poken to brag, play, Middle Dutch poken to bluff, brag
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Examples for poker
  • One day, at their weekly poker game, they all discovered that they had a problem in common: rats.
  • The findings suggest that an all-night stint at the blackjack table or logged into an online poker game can be an extra gamble.
  • Every once in a while a story comes along that seems as likely as cats and dogs playing poker.
  • Sailing, he'd invite my friends and me to stay up half the night playing poker in an invariably smoke-filled cabin.
  • Whole wheat chapatis and poker chips slid off the tables.
  • Contributors tap in about a thousand new entries every month, on topics ranging from comets to poker.
  • In the booming world of online poker, anyone can win.
  • Online poker games and television poker championships have exploded in popularity.
  • He said later that he played poker and many other games there, but no bridge.
  • It shows two poker players sitting at a table, clutching playing cards and swapping chips.
British Dictionary definitions for poker

poker1

/ˈpəʊkə/
noun
1.
a metal rod, usually with a handle, for stirring a fire
2.
a person or thing that pokes

poker2

/ˈpəʊkə/
noun
1.
a card game of bluff and skill in which bets are made on the hands dealt, the highest-ranking hand (containing the most valuable combinations of sequences and sets of cards) winning the pool
Word Origin
C19: probably from French poque similar card game
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Word Origin and History for poker
poker
"metal rod," 1534, from poke (v.).
poker
"card game," 1834, Amer.Eng., perhaps from the first element of Ger. Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen "to brag as a bluff," lit. "to knock, rap" (see poke (v.)). Another version traces the word to Fr. poque, also said to have been a card game resembling poker. The earlier version of the game in Eng. was called brag. Slang poker face "deadpan" is from 1885.
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Idioms and Phrases with poker
In addition to the idiom beginning with poker also see: stiff as a board (poker)
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