Definition of poky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊki/
(also pokey)

adjective (pokier, pokiest)

1(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.
small, little, tiny;
informal with no room to swing a cat
euphemistic ‘compact’, ‘bijou’, ‘easy to maintain/clean’, ‘well planned’
archaic strait
2 informal (Especially of a car) having considerable power or acceleration.
Example sentences
  • The cabin itself is a huge step forward on the previous model, which was pokey for a car of its overall dimensions.
3North American Annoyingly slow: his speech was poky, like he was a little simple
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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.





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.


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

Words that rhyme with poky

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

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