pole used to propel a boat, late 15c., of unknown origin.
Examples from the Web for poy
Here, poy—here, Tuncan—pring it here—let me cut it up mysell—let me cut it mysell.The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2)|Michael Scott
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
"Dis iss some games vot two can blay ad, my poy," chuckled Carl.Motor Matt's Red Flyer, or, On the High Gear|Stanley R. Matthews
Poy found later a similar relation in the case of the West Indian hurricanes.