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poky (adj.)

also pokey, 1828, "confined, pinched, shabby," later (1856) "slow, dull;" from varied senses of poke (v.) + -y (2). Also see poke (n.3). Related: Pokily; pokiness.

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Definitions of poky from WordNet
1
poky (adj.)
wasting time;
Synonyms: dilatory / laggard / pokey
poky (adj.)
small and remote and insignificant;
passed a series of poky little one-horse towns
Synonyms: jerkwater / one-horse / pokey
2
poky (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);
Synonyms: jail / jailhouse / gaol / clink / slammer / pokey
From wordnet.princeton.edu