British a slang word for prison

Word Origin for chokey

C17: from Anglo-Indian, from Hindi caukī a shed or lockup
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Examples from the Web for chokey

Historical Examples of chokey

  • So he must have been kidnapped or something after all, sir, or he would be in chokey now.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Are you the chap that stole the money, and got chokey for it?

    Dead Man's Love

    Tom Gallon

  • A pretty thing if I was to leave mine to get through all the grub by themselves, while I was sent to chokey!


    Archibald Marshall

  • Well now, it seems to me that we must do something pretty soon or we shall find ourselves in chokey.

    The Great Airship.

    F. S. Brereton

  • The hills around Chokey, and below it are rounded, those towards the pass being more steep.