Main definitions of poker in English

: poker1poker2

poker1

noun

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

    • ‘We could not produce blue-prints or mould metal pokers in the forge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm sure makes sense to the chap in the corner with the red hot pokers on his feet.’
    • ‘He had attended parties, and he had been impaled with hot pokers, and between the two, the hot pokers still held a narrow lead.’
    • ‘Fireplace pokers and knives should be stored out of sight.’
    • ‘He painted their necks and faces with red paint to simulate blood and held knives, pokers and even daggers to their throats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soldiers also use pokers and metal detectors, digging deeper earth to locate the mines.’
    • ‘We all dove for the marshmallows and impaled them to the end of out metal pokers.’
    • ‘Baseball bats, garden rakes, fireside pokers, wrenches and planks of wood were seized as Gardaí battled desperately to bring the riot under control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leave the knives and hot pokers out of it, is my advice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will tell them that most nights you just sit home chewing on white-hot pokers straight from the fire.’
    • ‘Tongs, pokers and even smoothing irons were used, apart from fists, boots and belts.’
    • ‘Baseball bats, fireside pokers, wrenches and garden rakes were seized by Gardaí.’
    • ‘There were Jews running from their neighbors who brandished knives and hot pokers and guns and who knows what else.’

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.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

poker

/ˈpəʊkə/