hookies

hooky

1 [hook-ee]
noun
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.
Also, hookey.


Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off

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hooky or hookey (ˈhʊkɪ)
 
n
informal chiefly (US), (Canadian), (NZ) truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)
 
[C20: perhaps from hook it to escape]
 
hookey or hookey
 
n
 
[C20: perhaps from hook it to escape]

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hooky
1848, Amer.Eng. (New York City), from Du. hoekje "hide and seek," or from hook it, 14c., "make off, run away," originally "depart, proceed."
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