pogy

pogy

1 [poh-gee, pog-ee]
noun, plural (especially collectively) pogy (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pogies.
1.
a porgy.
2.
a viviparous perch, Amphistichus rhodoterus, found in the shallow waters off the Pacific coast of the U.S.
3.
the menhaden.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; shortening of poghaden, paughagen (a Maine dial. term, perhaps < Eastern Abenaki) + -y2

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pogy

2 [poh-gee]
noun, plural pogies. Slang.
pogey ( def 1 ).
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pogey or pogy (ˈpəʊɡɪ)
 
n , pl pogeys, pogies
1.  financial or other relief given to the unemployed by the government; dole
2.  unemployment insurance
3.  a.  the office distributing relief to the unemployed
 b.  (as modifier): pogey clothes
 
[C20: from earlier pogie workhouse, of unknown origin]
 
pogy or pogy
 
n
 
[C20: from earlier pogie workhouse, of unknown origin]

pogy (ˈpəʊɡɪ, ˈpɒɡɪ)
 
n , pogies, pogy, pogies
1.  another name for the porgy
2.  a variant spelling of pogey
 
[C19: perhaps from Algonquian pohegan menhaden]

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