Definition of pawky in English:

pawky

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːki
 
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adjective (pawkier, pawkiest)

chiefly Scottish & Northern English
  • Having or showing a sardonic sense of humour: a gentle man with a pawky wit
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    • 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.

Derivatives

pawkily

adverb
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  • 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
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  • He charmingly combines that imperial trimmer's droll pawkiness and irritating fatuity.

Origin

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

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