\ ˈpō-kē How to pronounce poky (audio) \
variants: or pokey
pokier; pokiest

Definition of poky

1 : small and cramped
3 : annoyingly slow

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Other Words from poky

pokily \ ˈpō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce poky (audio) \ adverb
pokiness \ ˈpō-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce poky (audio) \ noun

Examples of poky in a Sentence

frustrated with the poky traffic during rush hour
Recent Examples on the Web The spot was miles from anywhere, on the side of a hill whose poky desert plants scrape anyone who walks by, and over which wild horses keep watch. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.," 5 Jan. 2021 The partners’ goal was making underwriting, the poky part in the middle, fully electronic. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "First he took energy trading and the NYSE electronic. Now Jeff Sprecher of ICE shares his plans to digitize your mortgage," 2 Sep. 2020 The 53-year-old lives alone in a modest apartment, cycles to his poky office in The Hague and takes time off from running the country to teach social studies at a local school. The Economist, "Charlemagne A Dutch dilemma," 11 July 2020 For purposes of comparison, the fastest man- made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Redesigned Santa’s Sleigh for Hypersonic Speed," 23 Dec. 2019 But much like the Playmobil toys, with their poky feet and weird, lobster-like hands, ‘Playmobil: The Movie’ is similar but inferior to the Lego equivalent. Jason Wilson, Washington Post, "Playmobil’s Plan to Infiltrate Your Workplace," 23 Dec. 2019 Breed also took Reiskin to task for Muni’s equipment failures, poky buses and allegations made earlier this year that managers were mistreating female employees. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "New SF Muni boss lacks experience, but those who have it said ‘no’ to the job," 17 Nov. 2019 Roy’s dazed musings and Ad Astra’s poky pace frequently place it on the wrong side of the divide between thoughtful and inert. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Brad Pitt’s Egotism Is Hurting His Movies," 18 Sep. 2019 From the building’s opening in 1930 until 1982, when a lobby in the museum’s forecourt was built, visitors had to enter via a poky provisional access point. C.g. | Berlin, The Economist, "Berlin’s Museum Island gets a much-needed revamp," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of poky

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poky

poke entry 2

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Poky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poky. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poky

US : very slow
British, of a room or building : small and uncomfortable
variants: or pokey \ ˈpō-​kē \
pokier; pokiest

Kids Definition of poky

1 : so slow as to be annoying
2 : small and cramped a poky room

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