pokey

noun
po·​key | \ ˈpō-kē How to pronounce pokey (audio) \
plural pokeys

Definition of pokey

slang
: jail

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Synonyms for pokey

Synonyms

bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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Examples of pokey in a Sentence

joked about the time he passed out on the street and woke up in the pokey

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When weighed down by children or packages, the bike can get a little pokey, especially when climbing uphill. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "RadWagon electric cargo bike review: the SUV of e-bikes," 8 Aug. 2019 Yes, that hokey-pokey. Turns out, Cage hates that song. Hates it. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "How Nicolas Cage's disdain for the hokey-pokey inspired him in 'Mom and Dad'," 18 Jan. 2018 But another shoe is yet to drop: next week, a different judge will sentence him on two conspiracy counts, charges that each carry a maximum of five years, which could potentially add years to his time in the pokey. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Can a Flagpole File a Harassment Lawsuit?," 10 Mar. 2019 Third-party chargers are capped to a pokey 5W charging speed. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "DRM for chargers? Google Pixel 3 locks fast Qi charging to certified chargers [Update]," 23 Oct. 2018 The rink is a favorite of area students and made headlines in 2015 for being the place where police killed the hokey pokey. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A South Carolina Teen Was Arrested, Charged, and Released for Dumping Cooking Oil in a Roller Skating Rink," 17 July 2018 Days earlier, Mueller had asked a judge to revoke Manafort’s $10 million bail and put him in the pokey. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Donald Trump Still Doesn’t Know the Words to “God Bless America,” and More News We Learned This Week," 10 June 2018 The majority of Americans want a second special counsel appointed because of all the hokey pokey. Fox News, "Hillary Clinton blames another group for her election loss," 3 May 2018 Cage was, however, ardently expressing his deep-seated disdain -- for the hokey-pokey. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "How Nicolas Cage's disdain for the hokey-pokey inspired him in 'Mom and Dad'," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pokey

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pokey

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