poky

[poh-kee]

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. poker-faced,
  2. pokerwork,
  3. pokeweed,
  4. pokey,
  5. pokie,
  6. pokémon,
  7. pol,
  8. pol pot,
  9. pol.,
  10. pol. econ.

Origin of poky

First recorded in 1840–50; poke1 + -y1

Related formspok·i·ly, adverbpok·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for poky

poky

pokey

adjective pokier or pokiest

informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
without speed or energy; slow

noun

the poky mainly US and Canadian slang prison
Derived Formspokily, adverbpokiness, noun

Word Origin for poky

C19: from poke 1 (in slang sense: to confine)

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Word Origin and History for poky

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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