adjective /ˈpɔːki/
Shrewd, sly; often also as characterised by a sarcastic sense of humour.

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  • Pawky — Paw ky, a. [Cf. AS. p[ae]cean to deceive.] Arch; cunning; sly. [Scot.] Jamieson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pawky — [pô′kē] adj. pawkier, pawkiest Chiefly Brit. shrewd and witty; humorously crafty pawkily adv. pawkiness n …   English World dictionary

  • pawky — Cleveland Dialect List impudent, semi insolent: as pawky as a pyet …   English dialects glossary

  • pawky — adjective especially ScotE humorous in a quiet clever way that could be intended to be either funny or serious: a pawky sense of humour …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pawky — adjective Etymology: obsolete English dialect pawk trick Date: 1676 chiefly British artfully shrewd ; canny …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pawky — pawkily, adv. pawkiness, n. /paw kee/, adj., pawkier, pawkiest. Chiefly Brit. cunning; sly. [1670 80; Scots pawk trick + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • pawky — Synonyms and related words: Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, arch, artful, astute, cagey, calculating, canny, careful, cautious, circumspect, clever, crafty, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep laid, deliberate, designing, devious …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pawky — pɔːkɪ adj. shrewd, cunning, wily; clever, smart, intelligent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pawky — adjective (pawkier, pawkiest) chiefly Scottish & N. English drily humorous; sardonic. Derivatives pawkily adverb pawkiness noun Origin C17: from Scots and north. Engl. pawk trick …   English new terms dictionary

  • pawky —   a. sly; coy; dry …   Dictionary of difficult words

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