adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est, noun, plural pok·eys.

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Contemporary Examples of pokey

  • Instead of pokey World War II–era planes, the communists deployed MIG fighters that were a match for the best American planes.

  • If Joey got a year in the pokey, then I hope Bernard L. Madoff lives as long as Methuselah and spends all 969 years behind bars.

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Historical Examples of pokey

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.

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