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Regarding the noun definition, I don't think it's archaic (yet), but it may be regional. According to it's most common in Southern US, and is also used in Scotland. I've seen it used in Western stories (a poke of gold). Ortonmc 18:30, 11 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Looks like the poke (as a verb) 2nd definition is wrong (either it needs ',' or ':', or you are using poke inside the definition)

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Redundant sense. Was it entered only because of the derived term poker (a fireplace poker)? While it obviously isn't a separate sense now, it is unclear if it ever was. If so, that belongs in the Etymology, not entered as a redundant definition. Right? --Connel MacKenzie 04:23, 15 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]

  • Not the root sense, and not meaningfully distinct; ergo, remove. (this does turn up in Webster's New World, probably others as well; but not in any way that suggests a meaningfully independent sense.)-- Visviva 13:48, 15 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • I'd keep. I don't use a pointed stick or finger to stir up our fire. I use a riddle stick which is not pointed. Translations and synonyms will be different.--Dmol 17:50, 22 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Ordering of etyms[edit]

Reply to Mglovesfun's edit summary: " 11:56, 26 February 2010 Mglovesfun (Talk | contribs) (4,461 bytes) (let's have the most modern meaning first) "

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere in some Wiktionary guideline that's it's sort of a policy to order defs chronologically by etymology. I think that's the most sensible way to do it.

I just accidentally made a bit of a mess of the entry due to the weird non-chronological ordering as well as different etymologies being combined. Sorry about that, I'm about to fix that now, but the only way that looks sensible & helpful to me is chronological ordering.--TyrS 01:49, 8 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Another sexual verb sense? South Africa[edit]

We have poke as slang for penetrating sexually ("he poked her"), but I saw a recent South African tabloid news article where a woman was described as poking a man — so can it be a general S.Afr. term for having sex, even if not doing the penetration? [1]:

  • "They poked for over an hour. When I went inside they couldn't even pick up the condoms. [] You sneak into her house and poke with her man when she's in church. She's a wife. You know very well that she's married, but you poke with her man [] "

Equinox 09:09, 14 December 2019 (UTC)[reply]

In Special:Diff/64188956/64189043 I removed an example (“If she smokes, she pokes”), it doesn't make sense with the current definition. – Jberkel 19:55, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The removed phrase used to be fairly well known in the USA. It may be a stretch of the ordinary meaning to come up with a rhyme. Like I've heard slut applied to a straight man. I felt the speaker was stretching the definition, but her meaning was understood. I'll add it back as a quotation. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 20:26, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]