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 Data transfer rates are a little pokey when compared to today, around 5MBps theoretical and much less in practice. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2020 Former Uber self-driving boss Anthony Levandowski could find himself in the pokey for a spell. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 30 July 2020 Americans would find that powertrain pokey and inconvenient. Tom Voelk, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 There will also be live music, limbo, hokey pokey and races, according to the event page. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, 28 Feb. 2020 Six years before this drama unfolded, Beyoncé was on the other side of the awards-show hokey-pokey. Paul Grein, Billboard, 19 Aug. 2019 When weighed down by children or packages, the bike can get a little pokey, especially when climbing uphill. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 8 Aug. 2019 Yes, that hokey-pokey. Turns out, Cage hates that song. Hates it. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, 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, 10 Mar. 2019

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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