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hockey

[hok-ee] /ˈhɒk i/
noun
Origin of hockey
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier hockie, perhaps equivalent to hock- hook1 + -ie -ie
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  • The utterance of truth is not aided by passing through a brain that is cut like a hockey rink from the passage of many characters.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • This was observed by a gang of boys playing at hockey in the road.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Agent Hickson had been the man next in line behind him when he had bought tickets for the hockey game.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • You know she was on the crew and the basketball team and the hockey team at college.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • Just the same look as she had that night of the hockey match.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for hockey

hockey1

/ˈhɒkɪ/
noun
1.
Also called (esp US and Canadian) field hockey
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): hockey stick, hockey ball
2.
Word Origin
C19: from earlier hawkey, of unknown origin

hockey2

/ˈhɒkɪ/
noun
1.
(East Anglian, dialect)
  1. the feast at harvest home; harvest supper
  2. (as modifier): the hockey cart
Also hawkey, horkey
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hockey
n.

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 Middle French hoquet "shepherd's staff, crook," diminutive of Old French hoc "hook." The hooked clubs with which the game is played resemble shepherds' staves. In North America, ice hockey is distinguished from field hockey.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hockey

hockey

noun

  1. Feces; excrement; shit: Great big blooping hunks of dog hockey/ But it's a lot of horse hockey, on both sides
  2. Empty and pretentious nonsense; bullshit: any of that hocky about being a white man
  3. Semen; cum

[1923+; origin unknown; perhaps fr a variant pronunciation of the hokum, hokey, hocus-pocus cluster, suggested by some spellings, and hence originally ''falsehood, pretentious exaggeration, etc,'' whence ''bullshit,'' whence ''shit'';]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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