Definition of chokey in English:


(also choky)

Pronunciation /ˈCHōkē/ /ˈtʃoʊki/

Translate chokey into Spanish

nounchokeys, chokies

in singular
  • 1British informal, dated Prison.

    • ‘they sent old Polgar to the chokey then?’
    prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
    1. 1.1Imprisonment.
      • ‘three months' chokey’
      imprisonment, internment, confinement, detention, custody, captivity, restraint


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘customs or toll house’): Anglo-Indian, from Hindi caukī ; influenced by choke.