pokey

[poh-kee]
adjective, pokier, pokiest, noun, plural pokeys.
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pokie or pokey (ˈpəʊkɪ)
 
n
informal (Austral), (NZ) short for poker machine
 
pokey or pokey
 
n

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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Word Origin & History

pokey
"jail," 1919, perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), of unknown origin.

pokey
1849, "confined, shabby," later (1856) "slow, dull;" from poke (v.).
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Example sentences
Adding water isn't a guaranteed cure for a pokey pile, however.
But in order to implement it, they have to get the law to the point where doing
  so won't get them sent to the pokey.
To be fair, all comments with links are moderated, and sometimes those
  moderators can be pokey.
Looking back, these homes seem not merely pokey, but chilly and underfurnished.
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