pawky


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pawk·y

 (pô′kē)
adj. pawk·i·er, pawk·i·est Chiefly British
Shrewd and cunning, often in a humorous manner.

[From English dialectal pawk, a trick.]

pawky

(ˈpɔːkɪ)
adj, pawkier or pawkiest
Scot having or characterized by a dry wit
[C17: from Scottish pawk trick, of unknown origin]
ˈpawkily adv
ˈpawkiness n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pawky - cunning and sly; "the pawky rich old lady who incessantly scores off her parasitical descendants"- Punch
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"
References in classic literature ?
Keep a secret if ye can frae the pawky ears o' yer domestics in the servants' hall
You are developing a certain unexpected vein of pawky humour, Watson, against which I must learn to guard myself.
A chat with the Bailie among his toys, and a whiff of his pawky humour, revives us--but only for a moment.
Now I [jokingly] think of myself as Sybil, the wife of the innkeeper on [the BBC comedy], Pawky Towers.
The music soars and plunges through every mood from pensive melancholy to pawky humour.
Flann O'Brien certainly wrote two novels, before he began airing prejudices in two other polemical works full of pawky jokes and flatulence.
Are leaders of these churches pawky Antichrists who are primarily interested in monetary gains?
His pawky Scots humour transfers well to radio and I got to thinking Radio Scotland should sign him up.
The 31-year-old Iowan with only one previous main-tour victory to his name and only one top-ten finish under his 2007 cv until Sunday played every one of the 16 par fives on the week as three-shotters - most of them he would have had to anyway in the cold air as his driving average was a pawky 265 yards and he rated only 57th place among the 60 qualifiers for distance.
Robert Bolt's story of Sir Thomas More's stand against Henry VIII and his Act of Reformation begins beguilingly with a pawky, mischievous prologue delivered so disarmingly by Tony Bell's Common Man, and it ends with the same actor as More's executioner - which could perhaps be interpreted as a fate inflicted on the Lord Chancellor by a citizen who did not speak up in support of him.
Finally unveiled three years behind programme and ten times over its original (albeit woefully underestimated) budget, it is an audacious, intensely wrought vision of modern government and national identity that re-envisages the Scots as progressive, free-spirited romantics, rather than pawky, purse-lipped Presbyterians.
And the star manager, a waspish, soft-spoken Irishman with a pawky sense of humour and a bite like a rattlesnake.