Pokier



[poh-kee] /ˈpoʊ ki/

adjective, pokier, pokiest, noun, plural pokeys.
1.
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[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.
/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
n.

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

noun

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

[1919+; origin unknown]

adjective

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