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[hoo-ee] /ˈhu i/ Informal.
(used to express disapproval or disbelief):
Hooey! You know that's not true.
silly or worthless talk, writing, ideas, etc.; nonsense; bunk:
That's a lot of hooey and you know it!
Origin of hooey
1920-25, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hooey
  • However, the nature of e-mail is that it seems to encourage cut-and-paste, form-letter hooey.
  • Another irresponsible bunch of hooey from the editors.
  • Do some research before you drop discredited hooey on this site.
  • All the hooey over this tournament lacking spoilers and upstart teams has been overblown.
  • It's a seductive idea, and one that sells a lot of hooey.
  • That, to me, depicts scientific realism even though the science itself is hooey.
  • Its hooey, of course, but would probably make for an interesting story.
  • It can't be otherwise, and that's what blows me away about the statements from folk who say that climate change is hooey.
  • What a bunch of hooey charging more for the same electricity for which one would have to pay during evening hours.
  • The idea that the guy who drove the truck to deliver cans to that recycling facility ought to be reliable is hooey.
British Dictionary definitions for hooey


noun, interjection
(slang) nonsense; rubbish
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hooey

"nonsense, foolishness," 1922, American English slang, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hooey



Nonsense; foolishness; baloney: lip-smacking imps of mawk and hooey write with us what they will/ a dangerous mix of electioneering hooey and religious clap-trap

[1889+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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