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1(of a room or building) uncomfortably small and cramped:‘five of us shared the poky little room’
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- ‘In a brilliant coup de theatre, we first see him in what appears to be a poky little confining room, which as the play starts, expands into a cosy living room decorated for Christmas.’
- ‘So I followed the troops, got soaked on the way and eventually located a rather pokey meeting room where the government's great and good were already gathered.’
- ‘After a gruelling day of standing staring into space, she returns to her poky apartment to make drawings, which she occasionally sells through an art dealer.’
- ‘Here we are, though, in a poky room that slopes quite dramatically towards the door.’
- ‘The pokey pub seemed to contain almost the whole of the village.’
- ‘The regulator and his staff operate from the third floor of a rather pokey building that resembles a cheap hotel.’
- ‘I followed, silent and obedient, as she took us to a pokey shop in a dead end.’
- ‘Take a poky little room above a pub: there are more people on stage than there are in the audience.’
- ‘At that moment, Daniel pulled into a small pokey café with petrol on the side of the motorway and made the bike bring to a standstill.’
- ‘The cottages had either been too small with pokey rooms and low ceilings or too small with too high a price and outbuildings beyond repair.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Not much land, either, except for a poky office in a basement in Camden Town.’
- ‘It's mainly a liberating process; I create shelf space in our poky house, I get to re-evaluate albums I'd forgotten about and I hopefully get some cash.’
- ‘I must confess I didn't realise it had been renovated - and I'd been avoiding it because in its previous incarnation, it was a slightly pokey cafeteria.’
- ‘The only major alteration was the transformation of a poky shower room and toilet into an elegant pampering place.’
- ‘‘I could have worked in the City, you know,’ he will tell them as he makes his way to the same pokey office he's been in for 20 years.’
- ‘Given the financial commitment involved, it's important to get it right - it could mean the difference between a pokey hothouse or a cold, dark space and a bright, year-round sunroom.’
- ‘Did you think I was just going to stay in that poky apartment and wait until you deigned to return?’
- ‘The place is small and pokey, with cramped rooms and straight, narrow pathways.’
- ‘One year it's living in Malibu, the next year, it's being in plays in pokey theatres in London.’
2informal (especially of a car) having considerable power or acceleration.
- ‘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’
- ‘Here, the worst incident of road rage is Roddy Murray flashing his brights at a pokey weekend driver.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Now, if you want to get all the critical updates, but have a pokey old dialup connection, Microsoft wants to give you a CD shipped free of charge.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘No one said that electric cars have to be poky, dull, and ‘responsible.’’
- ‘Now you can abandon your pokey, slow analog modem and step up to DSL's blazing access speeds.’
Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘concerned with petty matters’): from poke (in a contemporaneous sense confine) + -y.
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