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

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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 Americans would find that powertrain pokey and inconvenient. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Europe and the U.S. Share a Lot, Except When It Comes to Cars," 4 Mar. 2020 There will also be live music, limbo, hokey pokey and races, according to the event page. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky's RECA Roller Rink closing its doors after more than 60 years," 28 Feb. 2020 Six years before this drama unfolded, Beyoncé was on the other side of the awards-show hokey-pokey. Paul Grein, Billboard, "10 Years After Kanye/Taylor Drama, All the Times an Artist Lost at the VMAs & Won Video of the Year Later That Night," 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, "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

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First Known Use of pokey

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Pokey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pokey. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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