adjective poxier or poxiest slang
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Words nearby poxy
What does poxy mean?
Pox is a general name given to a type of disease in which pus-filled bumps or sores form on the skin. Poxy isn’t really used in the literal sense anymore. Its use as a mildly insulting term is most often seen in the U.K. and Ireland.
Example: I wouldn’t be caught dead in that poxy pub.
Where does poxy come from?
Poxy goes back at least to the 1750s in the literal sense. It comes from pox combined with the suffix -y (seen in words like juicy and sticky). Pox is a variant of pocks, the plural of pock (as in pockmark), referring to a blister or pustule. Earlier forms of poxy included poxed and pocky, and both referred to having smallpox or syphilis (which is sometimes called great pox).
The sense of poxy meaning “rotten” came into use in English by the 1900s. The migration to this use happened in the same way as lousy (“having lice”) and mangy (“having mange”)—in which a specific condition or disease was turned into a general word for something negative. As a slang term, poxy is less common than other alternatives, like bloody.
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How is poxy used in real life?
In the U.K. and Ireland, poxy is used in much the same way as lousy or any adjective that conveys frustration with or contempt of something.
Still utterly ENRAGED that Tesco used one of the greatest films of all time to market their poxy club card subscription pic.twitter.com/kOw6Ymal4s
— The Tall Girl (@VickyBlinston) November 9, 2019
Know what, im fed up of this poxy cold weather now.. defrosting the van every morning, dark before 5, wearing 4 layers…. summer where you at fella?
— Dai Williams (@Daiwilliams_183) January 20, 2020
Yorkshire Party and the BBC. What is at stake here is not some mention on a poxy BBC website but how Yorkshire is perceived by the UK establishment. We cannot allow this discrimination against us to continue. We demand recognition and fair treatment for Yorkshire.
— Transforming Yorkshire (@TransformingYo3) November 18, 2019
Try using poxy!
Which of the following sentences uses poxy correctly?
A. These poxy new shoes make me feel great.
B. These lovely roses smell absolutely poxy.
C. That poxy thief stole all my money.
Example sentences from the Web for poxy
So I goes to him, and 'accept this poxy commission,' says I; 'turn King's man and save your neck and ours.'Captain Blood|Rafael Sabatini