Definition of pawky in English:

pawky

Syllabification: pawk·y
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

pawkily

adverb
More 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.

pawkiness

noun
More example sentences
  • He charmingly combines that imperial trimmer's droll pawkiness and irritating fatuity.

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