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hookey

[hoo k-ee] /ˈhʊk i/
noun
1.
hooky1 .

hooky1

[hoo k-ee] /ˈhʊk i/
noun
1.
unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky):
On the first warm spring day the boys played hooky to go fishing.
Origin of hooky1
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off
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British Dictionary definitions for hookey

hooky

/ˈhʊkɪ/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian, NZ) truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from hook it to escape
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Word Origin and History for hookey

hooky

n.

also hookey, in the truant sense, 1848, American English (New York City), from Dutch hoekje "hide and seek;" or else from hook it, attested since 14c. as "make off, run away," originally "depart, proceed."

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Slang definitions & phrases for hookey

hooky

adjective

Captivating; very attractive; catchy: It's also more insinuatingly hooky than Led Zep ever was/ After the first few merely hooky tracks (1930s+)

verb

play hooky (1950s+)

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Idioms and Phrases with hookey

hooky

see: play hooky
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