slowpoke

noun
slow·​poke | \ ˈslō-ˌpōk How to pronounce slowpoke (audio) \

Definition of slowpoke

: a very slow person

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Examples of slowpoke in a Sentence

We're going to be late if that slowpoke doesn't hurry up. quit being such a slowpoke this morning, or you'll be late
Recent Examples on the Web One such slowpoke route is the M42, along 42nd Street, which cuts across Times Square, where the traffic continues to move along at a tortoise-like pace. James Barron, New York Times, "Relaxing, Weird, Beautiful: Riding the Bus on the New 14th Street," 11 Oct. 2019 An over-the-air update late last year enabled Navigate on Autopilot, which lets the car change lanes autonomously (with the driver's OK) and pass the occasional slowpoke. Wired, "Top 3 Semiautonomous Cars for the Non-Millionaire," 24 Sep. 2019 Yet the state’s logic seems impeccable: Left-lane slowpokes can cause accidents by making other drivers angry and therefore reckless. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Let’s Ticket the Slowpokes of Our Society," 12 Apr. 2018 Yet the state’s logic seems impeccable: Left-lane slowpokes can cause accidents by making other drivers angry and therefore reckless. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Let’s Ticket the Slowpokes of Our Society," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of slowpoke

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slowpoke

slow entry 1 + poke annoyingly stupid person

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The first known use of slowpoke was circa 1848

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Last Updated

30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Slowpoke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slowpoke. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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slowpoke

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How to pronounce slowpoke (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of slowpoke

US, informal : a person who moves, acts, or works very slowly

slowpoke

noun
slow·​poke | \ ˈslō-ˌpōk How to pronounce slowpoke (audio) \

Kids Definition of slowpoke

: a very slow person

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