to quickly push your finger or some other pointed object into something or someone
with a finger/stick etc[intransitive and transitive]
poke somebody/something with something
Andy poked the fish with his finger to see if it was still alive.
poke somebody in the eye/arm/ribs etc
Be careful with that umbrella or you'll poke someone in the eye.
He was poking at the dust with a stick, making little patterns.
to move or push something through a space or opening
through a space/hole[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
if something is poking through or out of something else, you can see part of it but not all of it
be seen[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
Ella looked at the tiny face poking out of the blanket.
Weeds had started poking through the cracks in the patio.
to make a hole or hollow area in something by pushing something pointed into or through it
poke a hole into/in/through
Poke a hole in the dough, and then form it into a rounded shape.
to find mistakes or problems in a plan or in what someone has said:
Defense attorneys tried to poke holes in Rodger's story.
to make fun of someone in an unkind way:
Some of the kids were poking fun at Judy because of the way she was dressed.
to take an interest or get involved in someone else's private affairs, in a way that annoys them:
I'm sick of your mother poking her nose into our marriage.
to move coal or wood in a fire with a stick to make it burn better
to have sex with a woman
sex[transitive] spoken not polite
poke alongphrasal verb
He kept the car in the slow lane, poking along at about 40 miles an hour.
poke aroundphrasal verb
to look for something, especially by moving a lot of things around
poke around in
James began poking about in the cupboard, looking for the sugar.
to try to find out information about other people's private lives, business etc, in a way that annoys them
poke around in
Stop poking around in my business!
to spend time in shops, markets etc looking at nothing in particular [= browse]:
I spent Sunday afternoon poking around an old bookshop.