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

Examples of poky in a Sentence

frustrated with the poky traffic during rush hour
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Don’t expect such a humble drive to crack our list of the best SSDs, but make no mistake: The performance of even the pokiest solid-state drives leaves the fastest mechanical in the dust. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Ludicrous! This 120GB Kingston A400 SSD is on sale for just $28," 30 July 2018 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of poky was in 1828

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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