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POKY (pokier, pokiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does poky mean? 

POKY (noun)
  The noun POKY has 1 sense:

1. 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)

  Familiarity information: POKY used as a noun is very rare.


POKY (adjective)
  The adjective POKY has 2 senses:

1. wasting time
2. small and remote and insignificant

  Familiarity information: POKY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


POKY (noun)


Sense 1poky [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gaol; jail; jailhouse; pokey; poky; clink; slammer

Hypernyms ("poky" is a kind of...):

correctional institution (a penal institution maintained by the government)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "poky"):

bastille (a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner))

holding cell (a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial)

hoosegow; hoosgow (slang for a jail)

house of correction ((formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences)

lockup (jail in a local police station)

workhouse (a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months)


POKY (adjective)


Sense 1poky [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wasting time

Synonyms:

pokey; poky; dilatory; laggard

Similar:

slow (not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time)


Sense 2poky [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small and remote and insignificant

Synonyms:

one-horse; jerkwater; pokey; poky

Context examples:

a jerkwater college / passed a series of poky little one-horse towns

Similar:

provincial (characteristic of the provinces or their people)


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