Definition of pawky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpôkē/

adjective (pawkier, pawkiest)

chiefly British 1
1Having or showing a sly sense of humor: a gentle man with a pawky wit
More example sentences
  • The city has an endearing couthiness and a pithy, pawky sense of humour, capable of laughing at itself (try and find that in Edinburgh).
  • And indeed he is in possession of a pawky sense of humour.
  • Ron was ebullient and optimistic, had a pawky sense of humour, and loved good food, wine, and entertaining.
1.1Shrewd: she shakes her head with a look of pawky, knowing skepticism



Pronunciation: /-kəlē/
Example sentences
  • He became a regular pundit for the program before going onto anchor another show where he remained pawkily at the helm for 20 years.


Pronunciation: /-kēnis/
Example sentences
  • He charmingly combines that imperial trimmer's droll pawkiness and irritating fatuity.


Mid 17th century: from Scots and northern English pawk 'trick', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with pawky

balky, chalky, corky, gawky, Gorky, Milwaukee, porky, talkie, walkie-talkie

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Syllabification: pawk·y

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