Main definitions of poker in English

: poker1poker2

poker1

noun

  • A metal rod with a handle, used for prodding and stirring an open fire.

    • ‘He had attended parties, and he had been impaled with hot pokers, and between the two, the hot pokers still held a narrow lead.’
    • ‘Baseball bats, garden rakes, fireside pokers, wrenches and planks of wood were seized as Gardaí battled desperately to bring the riot under control.’
    • ‘Leave the knives and hot pokers out of it, is my advice.’
    • ‘Fireplace pokers and knives should be stored out of sight.’
    • ‘The audio track is without obvious flaw, and we hear every dying scream, sizzle of hot pokers, and swoosh of descending swords with great clarity and resonance.’
    • ‘Tongs, pokers and even smoothing irons were used, apart from fists, boots and belts.’
    • ‘Soldiers also use pokers and metal detectors, digging deeper earth to locate the mines.’
    • ‘So I propose no system of ‘rules’ to be imposed (with hot pokers in the eyes, no less, according to the hysterical Mr. Butler!) on anybody.’
    • ‘He painted their necks and faces with red paint to simulate blood and held knives, pokers and even daggers to their throats.’
    • ‘Perhaps the perpetrators should be rounded up and branded with hot pokers with the insignia ‘BIGOT’ on their forehead to see how they like it.’
    • ‘It's the jokers who cover over the ashes with hot pokers stemmed from their own rebuttal, sitting around the cold coal fire in my living room, bunting one another with harsh words.’
    • ‘You will tell them that most nights you just sit home chewing on white-hot pokers straight from the fire.’
    • ‘We could not produce blue-prints or mould metal pokers in the forge.’
    • ‘We all dove for the marshmallows and impaled them to the end of out metal pokers.’
    • ‘There were Jews running from their neighbors who brandished knives and hot pokers and guns and who knows what else.’
    • ‘And if we were able to do that, then we might win Popper's argument for him - without having to resort to pokers.’
    • ‘Some versions even have Popper and Wittgenstein duelling with a pair of pokers.’
    • ‘Transition Year students at the school have been following a course in metalwork and engineering, creating projects such as brass door pulls and doorknockers, and fireside pokers.’
    • ‘Baseball bats, fireside pokers, wrenches and garden rakes were seized by Gardaí.’
    • ‘I'm sure makes sense to the chap in the corner with the red hot pokers on his feet.’

Pronunciation

poker

/ˈpəʊkə/

Main definitions of poker in English

: poker1poker2

poker2

noun

mass noun
  • A card game played by two or more people who bet on the value of the hands dealt to them. A player wins the pool either by having the highest combination at the showdown or by forcing all opponents to concede without a showing of the hand, sometimes by means of bluff.

    • ‘This is something I do from time to time. My preferred game is poker but last night we played contract whist.’
    • ‘The basic idea is to play a game of poker in which the losers have to remove items of clothing.’
    • ‘However, when you introduce the concept of betting, poker gains quite a bit of skill and psychology.’
    • ‘Winning poker is all about revenue streams, a few big ones and many, many small ones.’
    • ‘It is sometimes said to be similar to poker, but in fact it is much older and the method of betting is different.’
    • ‘It wasn't pool we were playing but poker and the same principles applied.’
    • ‘If you have ever played poker before, you will know that every player has a ‘bad beat’ story.’
    • ‘The remaining chips for the last hand of the game are played at poker.’
    • ‘In poker, you need to know when you can count on someone behind you to bet for you.’
    • ‘Indeed, sitting down to a game of Sheepshead often involves negotiating table rules, much like poker.’
    • ‘At the start of the game each player must pay a small fee, like in poker.’
    • ‘Play is the same manner as poker, high score wins the pot, and players are allowed to fold if the betting gets too much for them.’
    • ‘Bennett also said that he gambles almost entirely on slot machines and video poker.’
    • ‘Then there are the casino gamblers, who treat poker as an elaborate version of roulette.’
    • ‘I was in Amsterdam recently, and went down to play poker at the Holland Casino on Leidseplein.’
    • ‘After this the men may separate for gin rummy or poker, leaving the women alone to their gossip.’
    • ‘To succeed at the top levels of poker you need your head, your heart and your groin to be able to take it.’
    • ‘You simply cannot put in all that many hours in a year playing major tournament poker.’
    • ‘I do not know of any state that has passed a law stating that players can play poker online.’
    • ‘Also, to refuse to fold when a player knows that he or she is beat is stubbornness, not poker.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of US origin; perhaps related to German pochen ‘to brag’, Pochspiel ‘bragging game’.

Pronunciation

poker

/ˈpəʊkə/