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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one said that electric cars have to be poky, dull, and ‘responsible.’’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2(of a room or building) uncomfortably small and cramped.

    ‘five of us shared the poky little room’
    • ‘The regulator and his staff operate from the third floor of a rather pokey building that resembles a cheap hotel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here we are, though, in a poky room that slopes quite dramatically towards the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I followed, silent and obedient, as she took us to a pokey shop in a dead end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One year it's living in Malibu, the next year, it's being in plays in pokey theatres in London.’
    • ‘Did you think I was just going to stay in that poky apartment and wait until you deigned to return?’
    • ‘The pokey pub seemed to contain almost the whole of the village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only major alteration was the transformation of a poky shower room and toilet into an elegant pampering place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    small, little, tiny
    cramped, confined, restricted, narrow, tight, uncomfortable, cell-like, boxy, compact
    with no room to swing a cat
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Mid 19th century (in the sense concerned with petty matters): from poke (in a contemporaneous sense confine) + -y.