Poker vs Pokey - What's the difference?

poker | pokey |

As nouns the difference between poker and pokey

is that poker is poker (card game) while pokey is prison.

As an adjective pokey is

of small volume, cramped.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1



(en noun)
  • A metal rod, generally of wrought iron, for adjusting the burning logs or coals in a fire; a firestick.
  • One who pokes.
  • A kind of duck, the pochard.
  • Synonyms
    * (fireplace utensil) firestick, stoker

    Etymology 2

    American English, perhaps from first element of (etyl) Pochspiel, from (etyl) pochen, perhaps from (etyl) poque


    (en noun)
  • Any of various card games in which, following each of one or more rounds of dealing or revealing the cards, the players in sequence make tactical bets or drop out, the bets forming a pool to be taken either by the sole remaining player or, after all rounds and bets have been completed, by those remaining players who hold a superior hand according to a standard ranking of hand values for the game.
  • (poker) All the four cards of the same rank.
  • Derived terms
    * poker chip * poker face * poker-faced
    See also
    * three card brag

    Etymology 3

    Compare (etyl) , and English puck.


    (en noun)
  • (US, colloquial) Any imagined frightful object, especially one supposed to haunt the darkness; a bugbear.
  • (Webster 1913) ----



    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