nounplural noun chokeys, plural noun chokies
(also choky)in singular
1British informal, dated Prison.
prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
- ‘they sent old Polgar to the chokey then?’
imprisonment, internment, confinement, detention, custody, captivity, restraint
- ‘three months' chokey’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘customs or toll house’): Anglo-Indian, from Hindi caukī ; influenced by choke.
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