1520–30; earlier hockie, perhaps equivalent to hock- hook + -ie -ie Unabridged
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hockey1 (ˈhɒkɪ)
1.  Also called (esp US and Canadian): field hockey
 a.  a game played on a field by two opposing teams of 11 players each, who try to hit a ball into their opponents' goal using long sticks curved at the end
 b.  (as modifier): hockey stick; hockey ball
2.  See ice hockey
[C19: from earlier hawkey, of unknown origin]

hockey2 (ˈhɒkɪ)
dialect (East Anglian) hawkey, Also: horkey
 a.  the feast at harvest home; harvest supper
 b.  (as modifier): the hockey cart
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

after an isolated reference from Ireland dated 1527 ("The horlinge of the litill balle with hockie stickes or staves ..."), the word is next recorded 1838 from W. Sussex; of unknown origin, perhaps related to M.Fr. hoquet "shepherd's staff, crook," dim. of O.Fr. hoc "hook." The hooked clubs with which
the game is played resemble shepherds' staves. In N.Amer., ice hockey is distinguished from field hockey.
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Play hockey, for instance, and try to get into shape for the mile run.
Hockey players expect to get slammed into the boards.
And the only thing football and hockey have in common is concussions.
Lacrosse and basketball are siblings of soccer, hockey, and water polo.
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