hoochy koochy

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hoochy koochy
"erotic suggestive women's dance" (involving a lot of hip-grinding), 1898, of obscure origin, usually associated, without evidence, with the Chicago world's fair of 1893 and belly-dancer Little Egypt (who may not even have been there), but the word itself is attested from 1890, as the stage name of minstrel
singer "Hoochy-Coochy Rice," though its meaning there is unclear, perhaps a nonsense word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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