Definition of pokey in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊki


(usually the pokey) informal , chiefly North American
Prison: 25 years in the pokey
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  • 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.

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