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pok·y 1

also poke·y  (pō′kē)
adj. pok·i·er, pok·i·est Informal
1. Dawdling; slow: waited for the poky sales clerk to ring up the sale.
2. Frumpish; shabby: found poky old clothes at the thrift store.
3. Small and cramped: a poky but inexpensive apartment.

[From poke.]

pok′i·ly adv.
pok′i·ness n.

po·ky 2

 (pō′kē)
n. Slang
Variant of pokey1.

poky

(ˈpəʊkɪ) or

pokey

adj, pokier or pokiest
1. informal (esp of rooms) small and cramped
2. without speed or energy; slow
n
(Law) the poky chiefly slang US and Canadian prison
[C19: from poke1 (in slang sense: to confine)]
ˈpokily adv
ˈpokiness n

pok•y1

(ˈpoʊ ki)

adj. pok•i•er, pok•i•est.
1. slow; dawdling.
2. (of a place) small and cramped.
3. dowdy; dull.
[1840–50]
pok′i•ly, adv.
pok′i•ness, n.

pok•y2

(ˈpoʊ ki)
n., pl. pok•ies.
Slang. a jail.
[1915–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poky - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)poky - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
bastille - a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
correctional institution - a penal institution maintained by the government
holding cell - a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
hoosegow, hoosgow - slang for a jail
house of correction - (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
lockup - jail in a local police station
workhouse - a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
Adj.1.poky - wasting time
slow - not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth"
2.poky - small and remote and insignificant; "a jerkwater college"; "passed a series of poky little one-horse towns"
provincial - characteristic of the provinces or their people; "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"

poky

poky 1

also pokey
adjective
Informal. Proceeding at a rate less than usual or desired:

poky 2

noun
See pokey1
Translations
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kutu gibiufak

poky

[ˈpəʊkɪ] ADJ (pokier (compar) (pokiest (superl))) (pej) a poky roomun cuartucho
a poky townun pueblucho

poky

[ˈpəʊki] adj [room, flat, house] → exigu(ë)

poky

adj (+er) (pej) room, housewinzig; it’s so poky in herees ist so eng hier

poky

pokey [ˈpəʊkɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (pej) → angusto/a

poke

(pəuk) verb
1. to push something into; to prod. He poked a stick into the hole; He poked her in the ribs with his elbow.
2. to make (a hole) by doing this. She poked a hole in the sand with her finger.
3. to (cause to) protrude or project. She poked her head in at the window; His foot was poking out of the blankets.
noun
an act of poking; a prod or nudge. He gave me a poke in the arm.
ˈpoker noun
a (usually metal) rod for stirring up a fire.
ˈpoky, pokey adjective
(of a room etc) small, with not enough space.
poke about/around
to look or search for something among other things.
poke fun at
to laugh at unkindly. The children often poked fun at him because of his stammer.
poke one's nose into
to interfere with other people's business. He is always poking his nose into my affairs.
References in classic literature ?
And I can only stay home and knit, like a poky old woman
I'm sure those are not the right words,' said poor Alice, and her eyes filled with tears again as she went on, `I must be Mabel after all, and I shall have to go and live in that poky little house, and have next to no toys to play with, and oh
She could not stand the poky little lodgings, and she missed her servant Abdullah more than words could tell.
It was a poky, little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy two-storied brick houses looked out into a small railed-in enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded laurel-bushes made a hard fight against a smoke-laden and uncongenial atmosphere.
It's a great deal nicer than I thought; I thought it would be fearfully quiet; I was sure it would be awfully poky.
The young ladies of this country have a dreadfully poky time of it, so far as I can learn; I don't see why I should change my habits for THEM.
Of course," Juliet said, "after Tredowen it seems very small, almost poky, but it isn't, really, and Tredowen was not for me all my days.
She is just dull and poky and never seems to have a good time.
I was tired of our submerged life in the poky little flat, especially now that we had money enough for better things.
When most people imagine a flat above a shop, their mind turns to small, poky and dimly-lit rooms - however, this three-bedroom flat proves you should never judge a book by its cover.
Disguised in a wig, white baseball cap and heavy glasses, he was working behind the counter when Julie Boniface popped in for a poky hat.
Not really a sneak preview because it was an open day for the staff who will be transferring from the poky facilities they're operating in now.