slowpoke

[ sloh-pohk ]
/ ˈsloʊˌpoʊk /

noun Informal.

a person who makes slow progress.

Origin of slowpoke

First recorded in 1915–20; slow + poke1
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British Dictionary definitions for slowpoke

slowpoke

/ (ˈsləʊˌpəʊk) /

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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