Definition of poky in English:


(also pokey)


  • 1North American Annoyingly slow or dull.

    ‘his poky old horse’
    ‘I slept through his poky sermons’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now you can abandon your pokey, slow analog modem and step up to DSL's blazing access speeds.’
    • ‘Here, the worst incident of road rage is Roddy Murray flashing his brights at a pokey weekend driver.’
    • ‘So this Saturday, April 16, is your chance to ditch your slow, pokey and unused technology.’
    • ‘No one said that electric cars have to be poky, dull, and ‘responsible.’’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2(of a room or building) uncomfortably small and cramped.

    ‘five of us shared the poky little room’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I followed, silent and obedient, as she took us to a pokey shop in a dead end.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did you think I was just going to stay in that poky apartment and wait until you deigned to return?’
    • ‘The regulator and his staff operate from the third floor of a rather pokey building that resembles a cheap hotel.’
    • ‘The only major alteration was the transformation of a poky shower room and toilet into an elegant pampering place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take a poky little room above a pub: there are more people on stage than there are in the audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    small, little, tiny
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Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘concerned with petty matters’): from poke (in a contemporaneous sense ‘confine’) + -y.