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noun Informal.
  1. a person who makes slow progress.
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Origin of slowpoke

First recorded in 1915–20; slow + poke1


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Related Words

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

Examples from the Web for slowpoke

Historical Examples

  • “Well, slowpoke,” screamed the engine as he came near the car.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

  • But I hope old Slowpoke Langer and his dray come along before that.

British Dictionary definitions for slowpoke


  1. 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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