gaol vs pokey what difference

what is difference between gaol and pokey

English

Etymology

From Middle English gayole, gajol, gaylle, gaille, gayle, gaile, via Old French gaiole, gayolle, gaole, from Medieval Latin gabiola, for Vulgar Latin *caveola, a diminutive of Latin cavea (cavity, coop, cage). See also cage.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʒeɪl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

Noun

gaol (countable and uncountable, plural gaols)

  1. (Commonwealth of Nations) Dated spelling of jail.

Usage notes

Gaol was the more common spelling between about 1760 and 1830, and is still preferred in proper names in some regions. Most Australian newspapers use jail rather than gaol, citing either narrower print width or the possibility of transposing letters in gaol to produce goal. By far the most common spelling in Canada is jail, but a handful of legal writers use gaol; see for example [2], para. 26.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:jail

Verb

gaol (third-person singular simple present gaols, present participle gaoling, simple past and past participle gaoled)

  1. (Commonwealth of Nations) Dated spelling of jail.

Derived terms

  • engaol
  • gaoler

Translations

References

Anagrams

  • Galo, Gola, Lago, Olga, algo, algo-, goal

Irish

Etymology

From Middle Irish gáel (relationship), from Proto-Celtic *gailos (compare Lithuanian gailùs (compassionate), Gothic ???????????????????????????? (gailjan, gladden), German geil (wanton)).

Pronunciation

  • (Munster) IPA(key): /ɡeːl̪ˠ/
  • (Connacht, Ulster) IPA(key): /ɡiːlˠ/

Noun

gaol m (genitive singular gaoil, nominative plural gaolta)

  1. relationship, kinship; kindred feeling
  2. relation, kin; relative
  3. relation between things, connection

Declension

Derived terms

  • salachar gaoil (distant relationship)
  • neasghaol (next of kin)
  • gaolmhar (associated; relative, related; cognate)

Mutation


Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

From Middle Irish gáel (relationship), from Proto-Celtic *gailos; compare Lithuanian gailùs (compassionate); Gothic ???????????????????????????? (gailjan, gladden), German geil (wanton).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɯːl̪ˠ/

Noun

gaol m (genitive singular gaoil, plural gaoil)

  1. love, affection
    (literally “is love at me on you”)

Declension

Bare forms

Forms with the definite article

Usage notes

The love expressed by gaol is more intimate in nature than that of gràdh.

Derived terms

  • gabh gaol air
  • tha gaol agam ort

Mutation

References

  • MacBain, Alexander; Mackay, Eneas (1911), “gaol”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Stirling, →ISBN


English

Alternative forms

  • poky

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpoʊ.ki/
  • Rhymes: -əʊki
  • Homophone: pokie

Adjective

pokey

  1. (of a room, house) of small volume, cramped
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 9
      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.
  2. (slang) slow
  3. (slang, of a car) fast

Translations

Noun

pokey (plural pokeys)

  1. (slang, with “the”) prison.
  2. (MLE, slang) knife.
    Synonyms: jooka, ying, bassy, rambo

Synonyms

  • in the poke

Translations


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