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poky

[poh-kee] /ˈpoʊ ki/
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
1840-1850
1840-50; poke1 + -y1
Related forms
pokily, adverb
pokiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pokiness

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 pokiness

poky

adj.

also pokey, 1828, "confined, pinched, shabby," later (1856) "slow, dull;" from varied senses of poke (v.) + -y (2). Also cf. poke (n.3). Related: Pokily; pokiness.

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