So I goes to him, and 'accept this poxy commission,' says I; 'turn King's man and save your neck and ours.'
in yoga, the breath seen as one of the life-giving energies or forces of the universe; also, the processes of breath control; also called pranayama
Hindu 'breath of life'
1853 in literal sense, from pox + -y (2). As a deprecatory adjective, attested in English dialects by 1899.