Middle English Dictionary Entry

pōke n.
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A sack, pouch, bag [in some quots. perhaps a measure of quantity, but see quot.: a1500]; pissinge ~, provande ~, sond ~ [see pissinge, provende, sond]; (b) a full, elongated type of sleeve; (c) the stomach; also fig. the bottom of a fish trap; (d) pokes netes, ?nets shaped like a pouch or bag; pokes ende, the end of a bag; ?error for prikes ende; (e) in proverbs; (f) in surnames.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • (1349-50) Acc.Chester in LCRS 59133 : [2 1/2 quarters of oats of a certain rent called] Pykton poke [collected in Lent].
  • Note: New combination for sense 1.(a): Picton ~, q.v.
    Note: See this quot. in Picton-pōke n. = "a rent paid in grain." Etymology: [From Picton, Cheshire & pōke n.]--per MLL

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. poke.