- puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
- (of a place) small and cramped: a poky little room.
- (of dress) dowdy.
- Slang. a jail: They put him in the poky for carrying a concealed weapon.
Origin of poky
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for poky
“Come on,” she urged the poky car as it struggled up the slope.Running for Her Life
Stephen L. Carter
July 14, 2009
I wouldn't have you go prowling about this poky old place for anything.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
But I'm due in a poky little place in Massachusetts called Enderby.Elsie Marley, Honey
The children are behaving as well as can be, and Sykes too; and it's not a poky house, by any means.Sarah's School Friend
We never have parties in Tideshead, except at the vestry in the winter; and they're so poky.Betty Leicester
Sarah Orne Jewett
But you just swallow it all, and then you get to be so poky a body has no comfort in life.The Faith Doctor
- informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
- without speed or energy; slow
- the poky mainly US and Canadian slang prison
C19: from poke 1 (in slang sense: to confine)
Word Origin and History for poky
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper