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

2 [hook-ee]
adjective, hookier, hookiest.
1.
full of hooks.
2.
hook-shaped.

Origin:
1545–55; hook1 + -y1

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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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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

hooky

see play hooky.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
If you played hooky to head up during daylight, squeeze in a mini adventure before dinner.
Now employees are playing hooky with their bosses' blessing.
He plays hooky from school, preferring to fish and frolic with his dog.
He was often off sick or playing hooky and suffered from a kind of ennui, a mixture of listlessness and willful melancholy.
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