poky

[poh-kee]
adjective, pokier, pokiest. Informal.
1.
puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
2.
(of a place) small and cramped: a poky little room.
3.
(of dress) dowdy.
noun, plural pokies.
4.
Slang. a jail: They put him in the poky for carrying a concealed weapon.

Origin:
1840–50; poke1 + -y1

pokily, adverb
pokiness, noun
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poky or pokey (ˈpəʊkɪ)
 
adj , pokier, pokiest
1.  informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
2.  without speed or energy; slow
 
n
3.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) the poky prison
 
[C19: from poke1 (in slang sense: to confine)]
 
pokey or pokey
 
adj
 
n
 
[C19: from poke1 (in slang sense: to confine)]
 
'pokily or pokey
 
adv
 
'pokiness or pokey
 
n

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poky definition


and pokey
  1. n.
    jail; a jail cell. (Usually with the.) : She spent a day in the poky.
  2. mod.
    slow; lagging and inefficient. : Hurry up! Don't be so poky.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The window was a good-size rectangle rather than a poky porthole.
For a species that prides itself on its athletic prowess, human beings are a pretty poky group.
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