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Etymology 1[edit]

From poker machine +‎ -ie (diminutive suffix).


pokie (plural pokies)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A poker machine. Mostly used in the plural (pokies). Poker machine is the standard term used in the singular.
    • 2004, Bernard Salt, The Big Shift, page 77,
      For several decades until the early 1990s, Echuca–Moama existed in the consciousness of Melburnians as the destination for pokie bus-trips. All of this changed when the Kennett Government legalised pokies in Victoria in 1993.
    • 2006, author not known, Sydney City Guide, Lonely Planet, page 148,
      In reality, the cheap beer and walls of pokies attract anyone and everyone.
    • 2008, Catherine Deveny, Say When, page 171,
      None of these people around me punching the pokies has walked in here today expecting to be a loser.


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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of genus name Poecilotheria


pokie (plural pokies)

  1. (informal) Any of several species of arboreal tarantula in the genus Poecilotheria.

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