{{11}}pokey (adj.) also poky, 1849, "confined, shabby," later (1856) "slow, dull;" from POKE (Cf. poke) (v.) + -Y (Cf. -y) (2).
{{12}}pokey (n.) "jail," 1919, perhaps altered from pogie "poorhouse" (1891), of unknown origin.

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  • POKEY — is a digital I/O chip found in the Atari 8 bit family of home computers and many arcade games in the 1980s. Its name comes from POtentiometer and KEYboard, as it was commonly used to sample (ADC) potentiometers (such as game paddles) and scan… …   Wikipedia

  • Pokey — may refer to:* Pokey the Penguin, a surrealistic online comic strip * Pokey (Gumby character), a character from the Gumby television series * Atari POKEY, a digital I/O chip found in the Atari 8 bit family of home computers and many arcade games… …   Wikipedia

  • Pokey — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Pokey Personaje de Super Mario Bros. Pokey en Super Mario 64 Primera aparición Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) Creador(es) Shi …   Wikipedia Español

  • pokey — UK / US or poky UK [ˈpəʊkɪ] / US [ˈpoʊkɪ] adjective Word forms pokey : adjective pokey comparative pokier superlative pokiest British small and uncomfortable a pokey little flat …   English dictionary

  • Pokey — Pok ey, a. See {Poky}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pokey — [pō′kē] n. pl. pokeys or pokies [< ?] Slang a jail: also poky …   English World dictionary

  • POKEY — Anschlüsse des 40 poligen POKEY Chips POKEY war der Name des Soundchips der 8 Bit Computer der Firma Atari. Der Name steht für POtentiometer and KEYboard Integrated Circuit. Der Chip war auch für die Tastatursteuerung zuständig. Er verfügte über… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pokey — n Jail or prison. When his brother got out of the pokey, he went right back to making book. 1910s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • pokey — jail, prison, behind bars, in the clink    Don t mention pokey in your resume. You don t want to advertise your time in jail …   English idioms

  • pokey — noun (plural pokeys) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1919 slang jail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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