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[poh-kee] /ˈpoʊ ki/
adjective, pokier, pokiest, noun, plural pokeys.
poky. Unabridged
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  • We compromised on pokey's Malt Shop at the corner and finally settled with a sigh of relief in a booth way at the back.

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

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Of course such behavior necessitated the removal of poor pokey in disgrace by Jem.

    The Hazeley Family A. E. Johnson
  • 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
  • No, pokey, people don't kiss in church or put their hats on.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • 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.

  • No; Oswald—you see, they made what they call a scoop and put them all in the pokey.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • 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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