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slowpoke (n.)

also slow poke, 1848, American English from slow (adj.) + poke (n.3), the name of a device, like a yoke with a pole, attached to domestic animals such as pigs and sheep to keep them from escaping enclosures. Bartlett (1859) calls it "a woman's word."

updated on October 13, 2013

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Definitions of slowpoke from WordNet

slowpoke (n.)
someone who moves slowly;
in England they call a slowpoke a slowcoach
Synonyms: plodder / stick-in-the-mud / slowcoach
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