slowpoke

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

Definition of slowpoke

: a very slow person

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 Part of adjusting to the chaotic aquatic environment is learning the code of how to swim around the slowpoke in front of you. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Other cars will tend to try and go around the slowpoke, which can produce a cavalcade of potential near collisions as vehicles jockey back and forth. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Those other drivers frustrated by the slow acceleration driver might get angry at the slowpoke and take untoward actions at that driver. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of slowpoke

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slowpoke

slow entry 1 + poke annoyingly stupid person

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“Slowpoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slowpoke. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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slowpoke

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

Kids Definition of slowpoke

: a very slow person

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