follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

pokey

[poh-kee] /ˈpoʊ ki/
adjective, pokier, pokiest, noun, plural pokeys.
1.
poky.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for pokey
  • 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.
  • And your unblinking talking points really grind against that jokey-pokey-two-thumbs-up-wink-smile delivery.
  • Wholly non-intuitive interface and small, pokey buttons.
  • Top speed of five frames per second is pokey for the price.
  • Media will also fill any possible means of communication, from pokey single-bit transmissions to industrial-strength mind melds.
  • My new-old chair has pokey wheels and mysterious stains and the faint whiff of other people's butts.
  • In the pokey, they learn that the editor is the real thief and that they really are in prison.
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pokey

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pokey

14
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pokey