Definition of poky in English:

poky

Syllabification: pok·y
Pronunciation: /ˈpōkē
 
/
(also pokey)

adjective (pokier, pokiest)

  • 1North American Annoyingly slow or dull: his poky old horse I slept through his poky sermons
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    • If you have an older PC, then a slower processor and pokey system components may cause a bottleneck, and you won't get the graphics performance for which you overpaid.
    • With that much memory available there would be little reason for programs to constantly access that pokey old hard drive: Savvy apps could load just about everything into memory.
    • So this Saturday, April 16, is your chance to ditch your slow, pokey and unused technology.
  • 2(Of a room or building) uncomfortably small and cramped: five of us shared the poky little room
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    • This hit me hard, and I felt vulnerable in the poky hotel room with only the ticking time bomb of a box and the view of my sea for comfort.
    • The place is small and pokey, with cramped rooms and straight, narrow pathways.
    • The regulator and his staff operate from the third floor of a rather pokey building that resembles a cheap hotel.

Derivatives

pokily

adverb

pokiness

noun
More example sentences
  • When one of the trucks pulled over, I realized what was causing its pokiness.
  • If we subtract the possible effects of leaky fuel tanks and space dust en route, the best explanation for this pokiness becomes magnetic interaction - in this case, with the Sun's field.

Origin

mid 19th century (in the sense 'concerned with petty matters'): from poke1 (in a contemporaneous sense 'confine') + -y1.

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