Definition of Pokerish

1. a. Infested by pokers; adapted to excite fear; as, a pokerish place.

2. a. Stiff like a poker.

Definition of Pokerish

1. Adjective. (archaic colloquial) unsafe, dangerous ¹

2. Adjective. (archaic colloquial) nervous, uneasy ¹

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Definition of Pokerish

1. stiff like a poker [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pokerish

poker chip
poker chips
poker face
poker faced
poker faces
poker game
poker hand
poker heuchera
poker machine
poker machines
poker plant
poker run
poker runs
poker spine
pokerish (current term)
pokes borack
pokes borax
pokes fun
pokeweed family
pokeweed mitogen
pokeweed mitogens

Literary usage of Pokerish

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1. History of the 124th Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers: Otherwise Known by Richard L. Howard (1880)
"Selma — pokerish bridges.—Demopolis.—On top of the cars.—Meridian again.—Recruits transferred.—Watermelons.—Jackson.—March and pay to Big Black.—Vicksburg. ..."

2. An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Francis Child (1833)
"Knowledge seems to be peculiarly pokerish in Georgia. In Louisiana, any white person, who teaches a slave to read or write, is imprisoned one year. ..."

3. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"1827 A patriarchal ram, who would fight anything but a pokerish looking ... 1829 The road led through a pokerish bit of wood, and it was beginning to be ..."

4. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"Stiff and pokerish, Ella called her. 2. (American). — Frightful : cf. ... There is something pokerish about a deserted dwelling, even in broad daylight. ..."

5. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1860)
"pokerish. Frightful; causing fear, especially to children. A childish or colloquial word. — Worcester. A. curious old convent [in Naples] with chapels above ..."

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