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

Definition of pokey

: jail

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In either case, Twitter didn’t get the joke and Dan got a day in the Twitter pokey — the same punishment HIPAA expert Greene received for spreading false vaccine conspiracies (though MTG was later banned for good). Daniel Novack, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2022 Former Uber self-driving boss Anthony Levandowski could find himself in the pokey for a spell. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 30 July 2020 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, 10 Mar. 2019 In November 1983, Lewis called assistant U.S. attorney Jeremy Margolis, who had helped to put him in the pokey. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, 2 Feb. 2018 Thirty-five at the time, the Russian immigrant went to the pokey for three years, having pleaded guilty to wire fraud, mail fraud and making threats on the phone. David Segal, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pokey

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pokey

origin unknown

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“Pokey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pokey. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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