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From Middle English pok, from Old English poc, pocc (pock; pustule; ulcer), from Proto-Germanic *pukkaz, *pukkǭ (pock; swelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bew-, *bʰew- (to grow; swell). Cognate with Dutch pok (pock), Low German Pocke (pock), German Pocke (pock).



pock (plural pocks)

  1. A pus-filled swelling on the surface on the skin caused by an eruptive disease.
  2. Any pit, especially one formed as a scar

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pock (third-person singular simple present pocks, present participle pocking, simple past and past participle pocked)

  1. To scar or mark with pits
    • 2007 February 23, Greg Myre, “Palestinian Universities Dragged Into Factional Clashes”, in New York Times[1]:
      Just next door, at Al Azhar University, a rocket mangled the protective metal bars as it crashed through the windows of the president’s office this month, destroying his desk and pocking his walls with shrapnel.