poky

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj poky small and remote and insignificant "a jerkwater college","passed a series of poky little one-horse towns"
    • adj poky wasting time
    • n poky a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poky Confined; cramped.
    • Poky Dull; tedious; uninteresting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • poky Slow; dull; stupid: said of persons.—2. Confined; cramped; musty; stuffy: said of places.
    • poky Poor; shabby.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Poky stupid: dull: confined, with little room: poor, shabby
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also pokey,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. poc, a blow, Gael. puc, to push.

Usage

In literature:

How small and poky and drab the home drawing- room would appear in comparison!
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But what a poky place they were living in.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
Lady MacNairne was furious, because it was too cold for Tibe on deck, and he wasn't allowed below in the tiny, poky cabin.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
She said they wanted change of air, as they were looking quite cooped up in our poky town.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
Oh, what a dreadfully poky little house it is!
"The Adventurous Seven" by Bessie Marchant
But I'm due in a poky little place in Massachusetts called Enderby.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
Do you think I'd live in a poky corner of the world like this?
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
There's time enough yet for him to learn his letters and get poky.
"Ten Boys from History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
Won't you like that better than you would returning to our poky rooms?
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
She seems to have gone to live in a very poky place.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
I don't believe there's such a stupid, poky, little old place anywhere else in the world.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
It's horribly poky, with Uncle John and the boys and everybody away.
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
Every one's out and I was trying to read a poky old book.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
It would sound awfully stiff and poky.
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
He had not been solemn and poky, as she had prophesied, and the fact nettled her.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
I'm going to refuse to grow old and poky.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
She thought that would be a most worthy object, though somewhat poky.
"Betty Leicester" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Tennis and golf are poky compared to riding Blaze.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
I don't know how she managed to send Cyril to Oxford; but we had no house all that time, only poky little lodgings.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The miserable weeks went on, in the poky house crammed with children.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
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In poetry:

Now hurry and wake up the children;
And dress them as fast as you can;
"Poor dearies," I know they'll be tardy,
Dear me, "what a slow, poky man!"
"The Coming Woman" by Mary Weston Fordham

In news:

After a LENGTHY stay on the Pinellas County poky he returns to molest your ear holes EVERY SATURDAY @ Midnight on November 11th.
Raptors spoil Poky Homecoming in wild finish.
Kiss your teeth goodbye & dive into poky togarashi @yushochicago—irresistible rolls of brittle w/2 sauces: warm chocolate & caramel.
Area CC teams hit stride at Poky .
SLHS boys roll at Poky Relays.
The writer's remark that until its recent expansion the Williams College Museum of Art was a " poky institution" was remarkably uninformed.
Tourists attending Hawaiian luaus expect exotic foods such as poki, kalua pig, laulau, lomi salmon and poi.
Button Wagon's Ember Bria and Matthew "Poki" McCorkle presented Trash Rabbit.
Luckily, most users let an e-reader go to sleep rather than power it down, making the Nook 's pokiness less evident.
One of my fondest food memories is of eating poke salad (also spelled "poki") with my wife on a Maui beach during my honeymoon, accompanied by Salon Champagne.
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