Other forms: pokiest; pokier; pokily; pokies

Someone who moves very slowly is poky. When you try to take your poky dog on a jog, she'll stop to sniff every bush and blade of grass along the way.

Wasting time, dawdling, or being annoying and boring are all ways to get called poky: "I need a new computer — my poky old laptop takes forever to do anything." In Britain this adjective is sometimes used in a completely opposite way, to mean "speedy" or "quick to accelerate": "Her car is much more poky than it looks!"

Definitions of poky
  1. adjective
    wasting time
    synonyms: dilatory, laggard, pokey
    not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
  2. adjective
    small and remote and insignificant
    synonyms: jerkwater, one-horse, pokey
    characteristic of the provinces or their people
  3. noun
    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, pokey, slammer
    see moresee less
    show 6 types...
    hide 6 types...
    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
    jail in a local police station
    a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
    type of:
    correctional institution
    a penal institution maintained by the government
Cite this entry
  • MLA
  • APA
  • Chicago

Copy citation
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘poky'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up poky for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer