Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A jail or prison.
  • adj. Informal Variant of poky1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of small volume, cramped
  • adj. slow
  • adj. fast
  • n. prison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See poky.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. small and remote and insignificant
  • n. 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)
  • adj. wasting time

Etymologies

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • See hokey.

    July 4, 2009

  • Gumby's sidekick.

    December 14, 2007

  • Gaol,brig,slammer et al.

    December 7, 2007

  • "Moving at an average speed of 4 mph in noontime traffic, the M23 won this year's "Pokey" Award, a creation of the Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives."
    - Daily News, October 31, 2007

    November 17, 2007