adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est, noun, plural pok·eys.
adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est. Informal.
puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
(of a place) small and cramped: a poky little room.
(of dress) dowdy.
noun, plural pok·ies.
Slang. a jail: They put him in the poky for carrying a concealed weapon.
Origin of poky
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adjective pokier or pokiest
informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
without speed or energy; slow
the poky mainly US and Canadian slang prison
Word Origin for poky
C19: from poke 1 (in slang sense: to confine)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"jail," 1919, of uncertain origin; Barnhart says perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), which itself is of unknown origin.
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