hookey [hoo k-ee] Examples noun
hooky 1or hook·ey [hoo k-ee] noun
- unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky): On the first warm spring day the boys played hooky to go fishing.
Origin of hooky 1 1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for hookey Historical Examples of hookey
But all this time I was sufferin like hookey with awful spasms of whoopin cough.
John Kendrick Bangs
“Hookey”—as the carp said, when he saw a worm at the end of a line.
What would we have done if she had been very tall and stout, and fierce-looking, with spectacles and a hookey nose?
“I noticed that most of the boys smiled when I said ‘hookey,’” ventured Uncle Ben, critically.
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
You went to the same school; played “hookey” together; bathed in the creek together.
British Dictionary definitions for hookey hooky hookey noun
- informal, mainly US, Canadian and NZ truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)
Word Origin for hooky C20: perhaps from hook it to escape Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for hookey hooky n.
also hookey, in the truant sense, 1848, American English (New York City), from Dutch hoekje “hide and seek;” or else from hook it, attested since 14c. as “make off, run away,” originally “depart, proceed.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper Idioms and Phrases with hookey hooky
see play hooky.
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