As nouns the difference between cramp and pokey
is that cramp
is a painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled while pokey
As a verb cramp
is (of a muscle) to contract painfully and uncontrollably.
As a adjective pokey is
of small volume, cramped.
A painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled.
* Sir T. More
That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle; a hindrance.
- The cramp , divers nights, gripeth him in his legs.
- A narrow fortune is a cramp to a great mind.
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.
- crippling his pleasures with the cramp of fear
* brain cramp
* cramp ring
* writer's cramp
(of a muscle) To contract painfully and uncontrollably.
To prohibit movement or expression.
- You're cramping my style.
To restrain to a specific physical position, as if with a cramp.
- The mind may be as much cramped by too much knowledge as by ignorance.
- You're going to need to cramp the wheels on this hill.
To fasten or hold with, or as if with, a cramp.
(by extension) To bind together; to unite.
- when the gout cramps my joints
To form on a cramp.
- The fabric of universal justice is well cramped and bolted together in all its parts.
- to cramp boot legs
of small volume, cramped
* 1913 ,
(slang, of a car) fast
- 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.
* in the poke