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poky

[poh-kee]
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adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est. Informal.
  1. puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
  2. (of a place) small and cramped: a poky little room.
  3. (of dress) dowdy.
noun, plural pok·ies.
  1. Slang. a jail: They put him in the poky for carrying a concealed weapon.

Origin of poky

First recorded in 1840–50; poke1 + -y1
Related formspok·i·ly, adverbpok·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for poky

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Historical Examples

  • I wouldn't have you go prowling about this poky old place for anything.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But I'm due in a poky little place in Massachusetts called Enderby.

  • The children are behaving as well as can be, and Sykes too; and it's not a poky house, by any means.

  • We never have parties in Tideshead, except at the vestry in the winter; and they're so poky.

    Betty Leicester

    Sarah Orne Jewett

  • But you just swallow it all, and then you get to be so poky a body has no comfort in life.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston


British Dictionary definitions for poky

poky

pokey

adjective pokier or pokiest
  1. informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
  2. without speed or energy; slow
noun
  1. the poky mainly US and Canadian slang prison
Derived Formspokily, adverbpokiness, noun

Word Origin

C19: from poke 1 (in slang sense: to confine)
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Word Origin and History for poky

adj.

also pokey, 1828, "confined, pinched, shabby," later (1856) "slow, dull;" from varied senses of poke (v.) + -y (2). Also cf. poke (n.3). Related: Pokily; pokiness.

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