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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Definitions for pawky

  1. Chiefly British. cunning; sly.

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Citations for pawky
You are developing a certain unexpected vein of pawky humour, Watson, against which I must learn to guard myself. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear, 1915
And in spite of the pawky fun that has been made of this bureaucracy, it was the Secretariat of America's war and might be led or disciplined but could not be dissolved. Alistair Cooke, The American Home Front, 1941–1942, 2006
Origin of pawky
Pawky “shrewd, sly” is an uncommon adjective used Irish English, Scots, and northern English dialect. It is a derivative of the noun pawk (also pauk) “a trick, cunning,” but there is no further etymology. Pawky entered English in the 17th century.