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[hoh-kee] /ˈhoʊ ki/
adjective, hokier, hokiest.
overly sentimental; mawkish:
Two glasses of wine and he gets unbearably hokey; it's hard to believe he's a highly paid executive!
obviously contrived, especially to win popular appeal or support; phony:
The hokey stories of his impoverished childhood always surface at election time.
Origin of hokey
1945-50; irregular hok(um) + -y1
Related forms
hokeyness, hokiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hokey
  • Some of it was a bit hokey, but other parts were pretty apt.
  • Every hokey teaching movie tells you that at some point.
  • In some cases, hokey fan-fic and short films that demonstrate clearly both the zeal and the amateur status of the creators.
  • Though excessively hokey at times, the film scores on its obvious sincerity.
  • Four decades later, the story of a family that works out its issues on a racetrack seems a little hokey.
  • Afterward, you can set up a picnic lunch at one of the nearby tables and watch others drive through, or visit the hokey gift shop.
  • No endless wires, no hokey wireless off mirrored saucers on the ceiling.
  • And, if they can get past the rambling clichés and hokey real-life examples, it might even help them get married.
  • People hear of using duct tape, they think it is hokey when this is serious information.
  • There are campaign posters, hokey by today's standards.
British Dictionary definitions for hokey


adjective (slang, mainly US & Canadian)
corny; sentimental
contrived; phoney
Word Origin
C20: from hokum
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Contemporary definitions for hokey

See hokie's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for hokey

1927, from hoke + -y (2). Related: Hokiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hokey



False and meretricious; very dubious; phony: hokey confections that public taste ought to repudiate/ The radio is jammed with hokey copies of US and European rock and roll songs (1927+)

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