noun Informal.

a person who makes slow progress.

Origin of slowpoke

First recorded in 1915–20; slow + poke1

Synonyms for slowpoke Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slowpoke

straggler, idler, procrastinator, sluggard, slug, snail, plodder, dawdler

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British Dictionary definitions for slowpoke



informal the usual US and Canadian word for slowcoach
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Word Origin and History for slowpoke

also slow poke, 1848, American English from slow (adj.) + poke (n.3), the name of a device, like a yoke with a pole, attached to domestic animals such as pigs and sheep to keep them from escaping enclosures. Bartlett (1859) calls it "a woman's word."

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