AskDefine | Define poky

Dictionary Definition

poky adj
1 wasting time [syn: dilatory, laggard, pokey]
2 small and remote and insignificant; "a jerkwater college"; "passed a series of poky little one-horse towns" [syn: jerkwater, one-horse, pokey] [also: pokiest, pokier]

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Etymology 1

By shortening from poker machine


  1. A gambling device based on the card game, poker

Etymology 2


  1. slow

Etymology 3


  1. In the context of "of a room or other enclosed space": small and cramped


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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