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Definition 1: 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) - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for pokey in the sense of this definition

(pokey is a kind of ...) a penal institution maintained by the government

(... is a kind of pokey ) a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)

(... is a kind of pokey ) a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial

(... is a kind of pokey ) slang for a jail

(... is a kind of pokey ) (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences

(... is a kind of pokey ) jail in a local police station

(... is a kind of pokey ) a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months

Definition 2: small and remote and insignificant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pokey or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a jerkwater college
  • passed a series of poky little one-horse towns

Synonyms for pokey in the sense of this definition

(pokey is similar to ...) characteristic of the provinces or their people

"deeply provincial and conformist" "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial" "narrow provincial attitudes"

Definition 3: wasting time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for pokey in the sense of this definition

(pokey is similar to ...) not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time

"a slow walker" "the slow lane of traffic" "her steps were slow" "he was slow in reacting to the news" "slow but steady growth"

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