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
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    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
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