poky

[ poh-kee ]
/ ˈpoʊ ki /

adjective, pok·i·er, pok·i·est.Informal.

moving or acting slowly or ineffectively; slow; dull: poky drivers.
(of a place) small and cramped: a poky little room.
(of dress) dowdy.

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Origin of poky

First recorded in 1825–30; poke1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM poky

pok·i·ly, adverbpok·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for poky

poky

pokey

/ (ˈpəʊkɪ) /

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 forms of poky

pokily, adverbpokiness, noun

Word Origin for poky

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