pole used to propel a boat, late 15c., of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for poy

Historical Examples of poy

  • They propelled them along the drains by a long pole, called a “poy.”

  • No, I does not; he says he goes off mit your poy, but dey both lies—don't it?

    Camp-fire and Wigwam

    Edward Sylvester Ellis

  • "Mortaunt, my poy, you're heartily welcome," said my old comrade.

    The Chainbearer

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Hey, dere, poy, gif me some more oaf dat—what you call—'bubble-water.'


    Frank Norris

  • To pe sure, it is a long way, and a pit in the woots; but petter to untertake dat, than to haf the poy lose his l'arnin'.


    James Fenimore Cooper