slowpoke

[sloh-pohk]

noun Informal.

a person who makes slow progress.

Nearby words

  1. slow-witted,
  2. slowcoach,
  3. slowdown,
  4. slowly,
  5. slowness,
  6. slowworm,
  7. sloyd,
  8. slr,
  9. slsc,
  10. slub

Origin of slowpoke

First recorded in 1915–20; slow + poke1

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British Dictionary definitions for slowpoke

slowpoke

noun

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

slowpoke

n.

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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