Cramp vs Pokey - What's the difference?

cramp | pokey |

As nouns the difference between cramp and pokey

is that cramp is a painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled while pokey is prison.

As a verb cramp

is (of a muscle) to contract painfully and uncontrollably.

As a adjective pokey is

of small volume, cramped.



(wikipedia cramp)


(en noun)
  • A painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled.
  • * Sir T. More
  • The cramp , divers nights, gripeth him in his legs.
  • That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle; a hindrance.
  • * L'Estrange
  • A narrow fortune is a cramp to a great mind.
  • * Cowper
  • crippling his pleasures with the cramp of fear
  • A clamp for carpentry or masonry.
  • A piece of wood having a curve corresponding to that of the upper part of the instep, on which the upper leather of a boot is stretched to give it the requisite shape.
  • Derived terms

    * brain cramp * cramp ring * writer's cramp


    (en verb)
  • (of a muscle) To contract painfully and uncontrollably.
  • To prohibit movement or expression.
  • You're cramping my style.
  • * Layard
  • The mind may be as much cramped by too much knowledge as by ignorance.
  • To restrain to a specific physical position, as if with a cramp.
  • You're going to need to cramp the wheels on this hill.
  • * Ford
  • when the gout cramps my joints
  • To fasten or hold with, or as if with, a cramp.
  • (by extension) To bind together; to unite.
  • * Burke
  • The fabric of universal justice is well cramped and bolted together in all its parts.
  • To form on a cramp.
  • to cramp boot legs


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    Alternative forms

    * poky


  • of small volume, cramped
  • * 1913 ,
  • He loved the little pokey kitchen, where men’s boots tramped, and the dog slept with one eye open for fear of being trodden on; where the lamp hung over the table at night, and everything was so silent.
  • (slang) slow
  • (slang, of a car) fast
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • prison.
  • Synonyms

    * in the poke