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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of slowpoke

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


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

Kids Definition of slowpoke

: a very slow person

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