1an act of poking someone or something:she gave the fire a poke vulgar slang an act of sexual intercourse. 2
(a poke round/around
) informal a look or search around a place: his mother comes into his room sometimes and has a poke round
3 [mass noun] British informal power or acceleration in a car:I expect you’d prefer something with a bit more poke
4 (also poke bonnet) a woman’s bonnet with a projecting brim or front, popular especially in the early 19th century. 1 [with object] jab or prod (someone or something) with one’s finger or a sharp object:he poked Benny in the ribs and pointed [no object]:they sniffed, felt, and poked at everything they bought (on the social networking site Facebook) attract the attention of (another member of the site) by using the ‘poke’ facility. prod and stir (a fire) with a poker to make it burn more fiercely: she drew the curtains then poked the fire into a blaze make (a hole) in something by prodding or jabbing at it: don’t forget to poke holes in the dough to allow steam to escape vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] thrust (something, such as one’s head) in a particular direction:I poked my head around the door to see what was going on [no object, with adverbial] protrude and be visible:she had wisps of grey hair poking out from under her bonnet