From Middle English pok, from Old English poc, pocc (“pock; pustule; ulcer”), from Proto-Germanic *pukkaz, *pukkǭ (“pock; swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *bew-, *bʰew- (“to blow; swell”). Cognate with Dutch pok (“pock”), Low German Pocke (“pock”), German Pocke (“pock”).
pock (plural pocks)
- A pus-filled swelling on the surface on the skin caused by an eruptive disease.
- Any pit, especially one formed as a scar
- To scar or mark with pits
2007 February 23, Greg Myre, “Palestinian Universities Dragged Into Factional Clashes”, in New York Times:
- Just next door, at Al Azhar University, a rocket mangled the protective metal bars as it crashed through the windows of the president’s office this month, destroying his desk and pocking his walls with shrapnel.