\ˈpō-kē \
variants: or pokey
pokier; pokiest

Definition of poky 

1 : small and cramped

2 : shabby, dull

3 : annoyingly slow

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Other Words from poky

pokily \ ˈpō-​kə-​lē \ adverb
pokiness \ ˈpō-​kē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of poky in a Sentence

frustrated with the poky traffic during rush hour

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The one-minute ad follows the travails of an increasingly frustrated woman with a seriously poky iPhone 6, who after encountering TSA, riding on an airplane and getting into what appears to be an Uber, finally takes the phone to an Apple Store. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Samsung ad pokes fun at throttled iPhone to get customers to move on to Galaxy," 20 May 2018 Two years ago, says a longtime resident, the site of the mall was a swamp, and Mae Sot was a poky little border town with two small grocery stores. The Economist, "More money, less freedomSouth-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal," 18 July 2017 Even the glossiest set of molars conjures up images of blood, sharp poky metal objects, and drills and wires trying to forcibly bend them into submission. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "This Eerily Beautiful French Perfume Smells Like the Feeling of Losing Your First Tooth," 7 July 2017 The maximum reported download speed was 93 Mbps; the upload max was a far pokier 8 Mbps, which would help explain the snags with the FaceTime calls. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Gogo's new inflight wireless strong enough to stream You Tube, Facebook Live," 11 May 2017 But like an errant, poky sensor in their comfy nests, birds may not like having a drone watching their every move. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Future of Wildlife Conservation Is … an Electronic Vulture Egg," 4 Apr. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of poky

: very slow

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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