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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.
Also, hookey.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off

hooky2

[hoo k-ee] /ˈhʊk i/
adjective, hookier, hookiest.
1.
full of hooks.
2.
hook-shaped.
Origin
1545-55; hook1 + -y1
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Examples for hooky
  • 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.
  • Fun and hooky, smart and catchy, weird and wonderful.
  • 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.
  • Kids playing hooky and the truant officer gets his comeuppance in the end.
British Dictionary definitions for hooky

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 hooky
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hooky

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 hooky
see: play hooky
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