adjective, pawk·i·er, pawk·i·est. Chiefly British.

cunning; sly.

Origin of pawky

1670–80; Scots pawk trick + -y1
Related formspawk·i·ly, adverbpawk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective pawkier or pawkiest

Scot having or characterized by a dry wit
Derived Formspawkily, adverbpawkiness, noun

Word Origin for pawky

C17: from Scottish pawk trick, of unknown origin
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