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pokey

[poh-kee]
adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est, noun, plural pok·eys.
  1. poky.
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poky

[poh-kee]
adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est. Informal.
  1. puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
  2. (of a place) small and cramped: a poky little room.
  3. (of dress) dowdy.
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noun, plural pok·ies.
  1. Slang. a jail: They put him in the poky for carrying a concealed weapon.
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Origin of poky

First recorded in 1840–50; poke1 + -y1
Related formspok·i·ly, adverbpok·i·ness, noun
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Related Words

smallconfinedshabby

British Dictionary definitions for pokier

poky

pokey

adjective pokier or pokiest
  1. informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
  2. without speed or energy; slow
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noun
  1. the poky mainly US and Canadian slang prison
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Derived Formspokily, adverbpokiness, noun

Word Origin

C19: from poke 1 (in slang sense: to confine)
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Word Origin and History for pokier

pokey

n.

"jail," 1919, of uncertain origin; Barnhart says perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), which itself is of unknown origin.

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poky

adj.

also pokey, 1828, "confined, pinched, shabby," later (1856) "slow, dull;" from varied senses of poke (v.) + -y (2). Also cf. poke (n.3). Related: Pokily; pokiness.

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