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

Definition of poky

1 : small and cramped
2 : shabby, dull
3 : annoyingly slow

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 Noonan picked up the cafetière from her desk and brought it into the station’s poky little kitchen. Colin Barrett, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 Newsom and the Legislature should agree on a plan this summer — something more like the State Water Project than the poky bullet train. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 On the poky Murano streets that snake with canals, dozens of glassmaking houses are still active, and each operates with a staunch dedication to the craft. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2021 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, 5 Jan. 2021 The partners’ goal was making underwriting, the poky part in the middle, fully electronic. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 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, 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, 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, 23 Dec. 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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12 Dec 2021

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“Poky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poky. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of poky

: very slow
: 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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