As nouns the difference between prison and pokey
is that prison
is a place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes, or otherwise considered undesirable by the government while pokey
As a verb prison
is to imprison.
As a adjective pokey is
of small volume, cramped.
A place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes, or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.
(uncountable) Confinement in prison.
- The cold stone walls of the prison had stood for over a century.
(colloquial) Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.
- Prison was a harrowing experience for him.
- The academy was a prison for many of its students because of its strict teachers.
* (place) bridewell; see also .
* (confinement) imprisonment
* (place) gaol, jail
* prison camp
* prison cell
* prison chaser
* prison guard
* prison officer
* prison record
* prison sentence
* prison warden
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