Toepoke vs Poke - What's the difference?

toepoke | poke |

Toepoke is a derived term of poke.

As verbs the difference between toepoke and poke

is that toepoke is (football) (toe-poke) while poke is to prod or jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick.

As nouns the difference between toepoke and poke

is that toepoke is (football) (toe-poke) while poke is (us|slang) a lazy person; a dawdler or poke can be (computing) the storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game or poke can be or poke can be (dialectal) pokeweed.

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  • (football)
  • * 1988 , , Burning Your Own , ISBN 9780749398910, Minerva (1993), page 105:
  • ‘You’re not going to tell me you’re still toepoking at your age,’ his uncle said. ‘See what happens if you don’t kick properly? Look here till I show you.’
  • * 2002 April 2, "Darren Dootsen" (username), " Does this ound familiar?", in, Usenet:
  • Clinging on to said defender, , slightly off balance, only manages to tickle the ball with his toecaps, merely toepoking it to the opposition.
  • * 2004 , , Mind the Gap: The New Class Divide in Britain , ][ Short Books, ISBN 9781904095941, page 250:
  • There are moments today as ever when you catch that joy on the wing: seeing a little girl standing in a shopping trolley singing a nonsense song or a chortling urchin toepoking a football past the toppling figure of his father in the park.
  • * 2005 January 4, "Sumisdad" (username), " Re: it time to bring back Tim?", in, Usenet:
  • Morrison ran on to a through ball, toepoked it towards the goal, Sorensen went to ground too early and the ball bounced slowly over his chest and nestled in the goal.
  • * 2005 March 9, "arby" (username), " Re: chelsea v barca", in, Usenet:
  • did he( ) toepoke that goal or what?


    (en noun)
  • (football)
  • * 1979 , Ken Jones, How to Play Soccer , Chartwell Books, ISBN 9780890091906, page 13:
  • Toepokes are useful in an emergency, particularly when it is impossible to get close to the ball.
  • * 1997 October 3, "David Arnold" (username), "[Tunisia - Australia [R]]", in, Usenet:
  • 's toepoke was matched in the second half, but again was wide.
  • * 2002 June 27, "William Watson" (username), " Re: Semifinal Brazil - Turkey [R]", in, Usenet:
  • I think the ball bounced over his hand, he was in line with the ball but the toepoke bounced higher than he expected.
  • * 2004 August 20, "Victoria Barrett" (username), " Re: [082104] When Gut League Saturday Comes", in, Usenet:
  • 3-1is a bit close? Try 1-0, with a toepoke of a goal in the 90'.



    Etymology 1

    Perhaps from (etyl) poken or (etyl) poken (both from (etyl) ), perhaps imitative.


  • To prod or jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Ward showed good pace to beat the advancing Reina to the ball and poke a low finish into the corner.}}
  • To poke a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
  • (figuratively) To rummage as in to poke about in.
  • (computing) To modify the value stored in (a memory address).
  • * 1984 , Franco Frey, SPECGRAFFITI'' (in ''Crash magazine, issue 6, July 1984)
  • The 200 UDGs may be used either by paging between 10 sets of 20 UDGs or, alternatively, by displaying 96 different characters by poking the system variable CHARS with 256 less than the starting address of your graphics.
  • * 1985 , Tom Weishaar, Bert Kersey, The DOStalk Scrapbook (page 44)
  • If you try to poke a value outside this range into a byte, Basic will beep you with an ILLEGAL QUANTITY error.
  • To put a poke on.
  • to poke an ox
  • To thrust with the horns; to gore.
  • (informal, internet) To notify.
  • (label) To thrust (something) in a particular direction such as the tongue.
  • Derived terms
    {{der3, poke along , poke bonnet , poke box , poke fun , toepoke}}


    (en noun)
  • (US, slang) A lazy person; a dawdler.
  • (US, slang) A stupid or uninteresting person.
  • (Bartlett)
  • (US) A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
  • (computing) The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.
  • * 1988 , "Lloyd Mangram", Forum'' (in ''Crash magazine issue 54, July 1988)
  • Perhaps all those super hackers who so regularly produce infinite lives etc. could produce pokes to be used by 128K users.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) poke, whence pocket


    (en noun)
  • * c. 1386 , , The Canterbury Tales'', ''The Miller's Prologue and Tale :
  • Gerveys answerde, “Certes, were it gold,
    Or in a poke nobles alle untold,
    Thou sholdest have, as I am trewe smyth.
  • * c. 1599 , , As You Like It , act 2, scene 7:
  • And then he drew a dial from his poke ,
    And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
    Says very wisely, ‘It is ten o'clock…’
  • * 1605 , , Remaines Concerning Brittaine'', 1629 edition, ''Proverbes , page 276:
  • When the Pig is proffered, hold vp the poke .
  • * 1627 , , Minor Poems of Michael Drayton'', 1907 edition, poem ''Nimphidia :
  • And suddainly vntyes the Poke ,
    Which out of it sent such a smoke,
    As ready was them all to choke,
    So greeuous was the pother [...].
  • * 1814 , September 4, The Examiner'', volume 13, number 349, article ''French Fashions , page 573:
  • … and as to shape , a nightmare has as much. Under the poke and the muff-box, the face sometimes entirely disappears …
  • * 1946 , Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues , Payback Press 1999, p. 91:
  • In the summertime they'd reach out and snatch your straw hat right off your head, and if you were fool enough to go after it your poke was bound to be lighter when you came out.
  • * 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 138:
  • She did not eat blood-oranges. Her maw gived her one in a poke and she was going to throw it in the bin, Oh it is all black.
  • A long, wide sleeve; a poke sleeve.
  • (Scotland, Northern Ireland) An ice cream cone.
  • Derived terms
    * buy a pig in a poke * pocket

    Etymology 3

    Either a shortening of, or from the same source as, (quod vide).


    (en noun)
  • (dialectal) Pokeweed.
  • Synonyms

    * see the list at (pokeweed)