Definition of pokey in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊki/


(usually the pokey) informal, chiefly North American
Prison: 25 years in the pokey
More example sentences
  • Such is life in the big house, the joint, or the pokey.
  • Determined not to be ‘treated like a piece of bookstore trade,’ one of these drama boys almost turns a semi-innocent trip to the sauna into in a trip to the pokey for one of them.
  • It seemed a laughable charge, but the judge was upset, saying Emery was arrogant and flouting the law - which he clearly was - and gave him 92 days in the pokey.


Early 20th century: alteration of pogey (an early sense being 'hostel for the needy'), perhaps influenced by poky.

Words that rhyme with pokey

chokey, croaky, folkie, folky, hokey, hokey-cokey, hoki, jokey, karaoke, Loki, okey-dokey, Okie, poky, smoky, trochee

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