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[poh-kee] /ˈpoʊ ki/
adjective, pokier, pokiest, noun, plural pokeys.
poky. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No, pokey, people don't kiss in church or put their hats on.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • We must live in one of these pokey, dingy houses for ever and ever.

  • We lived in a pokey little house that we called 'The Tin Shanty.'

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • You know in this pokey little place no one will ever hear of him.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • Put your money on the table, he said, finally: theres the dicks and theres pokey.

  • She must be a stiff, pokey sort of a person, and I am sure it will be pleasanter without her.

    And So They Were Married Florence Morse Kingsley
  • I've got a hunch that if you don't, we go to the pokey and Uncle Peter will be left free to blow up everybody in town.

  • And if we had been so curious we might have tried to find out things in pokey ways.

    The Palace in the Garden Mary Louisa Molesworth
Word Origin and History for pokey

"jail," 1919, of uncertain origin; Barnhart says perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), which itself is of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pokey

pokey 1


A jail; clink, slammer: My thoughts centered around the prospect of the ''Pokey''

[1919+; origin unknown]

pokey 2


  1. Slow; dawdling; sluggish: What a pokey waiter (1856+)
  2. Insignificant; paltry: a pokey little town (1849+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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