slowpoke

noun

slow·​poke ˈslō-ˌpōk How to pronounce slowpoke (audio)
: 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 From the close of 2020 to the price peak around May of 2022, our dozen locales typically gained 40% or so, an extraordinary advance in just 17 months for such traditional slowpokes. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 One possible explanation for the Milky Way’s stellar slowpokes is that our galaxy is extraordinarily deficient in dark matter, the invisible substance thought to serve as gravitational scaffolding for cosmic structures. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2023 This bashful slowpoke has been a favorite of consumers for years, though, because looks and power, apparently, aren’t everything. Josh Max, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 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

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Word History

Etymology

slow entry 1 + poke annoyingly stupid person

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slowpoke was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Slowpoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slowpoke. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

slowpoke

noun
slow·​poke ˈslō-ˌpōk How to pronounce slowpoke (audio)
: a very slow person
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