Fast vs Pokey - What's the difference?

fast | pokey |


As adjectives the difference between fast and pokey

is that fast is firmly or securely fixed in place; stable while pokey is of small volume, cramped.

As nouns the difference between fast and pokey

is that fast is (british|rail transport) a train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations or fast can be the act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food while pokey is prison.

As a adverb fast

is in a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved.

As a interjection fast

is (archery) short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target.

As a verb fast

is to abstain from or eat very little food; to abstain from food for religious or medical reasons.

fast

English

(wikipedia fast)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) fast, from (etyl) ; see it for cognates and further etymology. The development of “rapid” from an original sense of “secure” apparently happened first in the adverb and then transferred to the adjective; compare (hard) in expressions like “to run hard”. The original sense of “secure, firm” is now slightly archaic, but retained in the related .

Adjective

(er)
  • (dated) Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable.
  • That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast !
  • Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
  • * Spenser
  • outlaws lurking in woods and fast places
  • (of people) Steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now only in set phrases like "fast friend".)
  • Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid.
  • I am going to buy a fast car.
  • (computing, of a piece of hardware) Able to transfer data in a short period of time.
  • Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people).
  • * Shakespeare
  • all this while in a most fast sleep
  • (of dyes or colours) Not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light; permanent.
  • All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast .
  • (obsolete) Tenacious; retentive.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells.
  • (colloquial) Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits.
  • She's fast – she slept with him on their first date. .
  • Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
  • There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast .
  • (of photographic film) More sensitive to light than average.
  • Synonyms
    * (occurring or happening within a short time) quick, rapid, speedy, swift * (capable of moving with great speed) quick, rapid, speedy * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) ahead * (rapidly consents to sexual activity) easy, slutty * (firmly or securely fixed in place) firm, immobile, secure, stable, stuck, tight * (firm against attack) fortified, impenetrable * colour-fast * deep, sound
    Antonyms
    * (occurring or happening within a short time) slow * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) slow, behind * (firmly or securely fixed in place) loose * (firm against attack) penetrable, weak * light
    Derived terms
    * bedfast * chairfast * fasten (rapid) * fast and furious * fast food * fast-forward

    Adverb

    (er)
  • In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved .
  • (of sleeping) Deeply or soundly .
  • Immediately following in place or time; close, very near .
  • Quickly, with great speed; within a short time .
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  • Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
  • Synonyms
    * (quickly) quickly, rapidly, speedily, swiftly * (in a firm or secure manner) firmly, securely, tightly * deeply * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) ahead
    Antonyms
    * (quickly) slowly * (in a firm or secure manner) loosely * lightly * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) behind

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (British, rail transport) A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations
  • Synonyms
    * (rail transport) express, express train, fast train
    Antonyms
    * (rail transport) local, slow train, stopper

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • (archery) Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target
  • Antonyms
    * (archery) loose

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) fasten, from (etyl) . The noun is probably from (etyl) fasta.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To abstain from food, or eat very little, especially for religious or medical reasons.
  • Muslims fast during Ramadan.
  • * Bible, 2 Sam. xii. 21
  • Thou didst fast and weep for the child.
  • * Milton
  • Fasting' he went to sleep, and ' fasting waked.
  • * 2007 , John Zerzan, Silence , p. 3,
  • It is at the core of the Vision Quest, the solitary period of fasting and closeness to the earth to discover one's life path and purpose.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food
  • The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food
  • * Lent and Ramadan are fasts of two religions.
  • Synonyms
    * (act or practice) fasting
    Derived terms
    * break one's fast * breakfast * fast day

    Statistics

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    pokey

    English

    Alternative forms

    * poky

    Adjective

    (head)
  • 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