pokey

Primary Meanings of pokey

1.
adj
wasting time
2.
adj
small and remote and insignificant
3.
n
a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
Full Definitions of pokey
1

adj wasting time

Synonyms:
dilatory, laggard, poky
slow
not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
2

adj small and remote and insignificant

Synonyms:
jerkwater, one-horse, poky
provincial
characteristic of the provinces or their people
3

n a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

Synonyms:
clink, gaol, jail, jailhouse, poky, slammer
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
bastille
a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
holding cell
a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
hoosegow, hoosgow
slang for a jail
house of correction
(formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
lockup
jail in a local police station
workhouse
a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
Type of:
correctional institution
a penal institution maintained by the government

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.