Meaning of rib-poking in English:

rib-poking

noun

  • The action of poking a person in the ribs, now typically to draw attention to a joke, innuendo, etc.; (hence figurative) the action of making a joke, especially in a sly or knowing way.

adjective

  • That pokes a person in the ribs; (figurative) that amuses, especially in a sly manner.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Inside Sebastopol.