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pokey

[poh-kee] /ˈpoʊ ki/
adjective, pokier, pokiest, noun, plural pokeys.
1.
poky.
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British Dictionary definitions for pokey

pokie

/ˈpəʊkɪ/
noun
1.
(Austral & NZ, informal) short for poker machine

poky

/ˈpəʊkɪ/
adjective pokier, pokiest
1.
(informal) (esp of rooms) small and cramped
2.
without speed or energy; slow
noun
3.
(mainly US & Canadian, slang) the poky, prison
Derived Forms
pokily, adverb
pokiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from poke1 (in slang sense: to confine)
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Word Origin and History for pokey
n.

"jail," 1919, of uncertain origin; Barnhart says perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), which itself is of unknown origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pokey

pokey 1

noun

A jail; clink, slammer: My thoughts centered around the prospect of the ''Pokey''

[1919+; origin unknown]


pokey 2

adjective
  1. Slow; dawdling; sluggish: What a pokey waiter (1856+)
  2. Insignificant; paltry: a pokey little town (1849+)
Related Terms

hokey-pokey


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