To act in such a way that has a good, but not definite chance, of causing trouble. (You can poke a bear once and maybe get away with it, but if you keep poking him, he's going to get really angry.) To stir things up.
"I figure all I have to do is keep hacking that big guy when we play ball with him and eventually, he'll stop driving the lane."

"Dude, I think you're poking the bear on that one... you better watch out."
by C E O October 24, 2007
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A game from the TV Show "Scrubs" where two people passive-aggressively make fun of a person standing nearby, slowly getting more and more critical/personal with the person. The game ends when the person tries to call you on insulting them, or one of the players makes nervous eye contact with the person, giving it away.
Example of Poke the bear:

(Dr. Cox enters the room from the room of a patient he cannot diagnose)
J.D.: So Turk, yesterday i had this patient I could just not diagnose.
Turk: Wow you must have felt like a real jackass.
J.D.: I did feel like a jackass, but then I was able to figure out what was wrong with them because I'm not a jackass, I'm a good doctor... Oh hey Dr. Cox, how are things?
by bearpoke92 March 22, 2009
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it is to express extreme annoyance and irritation by someone deliberately trying to PISS YOU OFF.
Friend: Haha u got wrecked, scrub
by Ethxnol April 26, 2020
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To attempt sexual intercourse with your female partner during PMT.
She's grumpy but also sexy so I'll try to poke the bear.
by ∪・ェ・∪ April 10, 2018
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When a man sticks his dick in his spouse when she is tired, ready to go to sleep and not dtf.
I was in my bed after a long day at work when I felt something poke me from behind. I asked my man what he was doing. He replied "I'm 'Poking the Bear'"
by Michial Verganman November 10, 2017
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A phrase of warning used to prevent oneself or others from asking or doing something that might provoke a negative response from someone or something else.
Employee 1: "Should I ask the boss for a day off?"
Employee 2: "He just found out his wife left him, so don't poke the bear."

by Ken Brenan 2 April 27, 2008
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When you poke your prostate for the first time and ejaculate unexpectedly
Marty broke up with his girlfriend and started experimenting with poking the bear
by Wildpantalones March 24, 2021
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