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or hankie

[hang-kee] /ˈhæŋ ki/
noun, plural hankies.
Origin of hanky
First recorded in 1890-95; han(d)k(erchief) + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Contemporary Examples
  • Clarkson wears four-inch Gucci sandals, a chic, black, off-the-rack Italian dress and red hanky Panky underwear (so she says).

    Lingerie of Arabia Rebecca Dana November 2, 2009
Historical Examples
  • “This is very strange,” said hanky, who was beginning to be afraid of my father when he learned that he sometimes killed people.

    Erewhon Revisited Samuel Butler
  • He waved his hand to hanky and went up the street like a streak of lightning.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • Perhaps he knew his auditors so well that he really anticipated what the effect would be upon both Josh and hanky Panky.

  • “You left your hanky, Mother,” he cried, running downstairs.

    Sunny Boy in the Country Ramy Allison White
  • It seemed as though hanky Panky could not tear his eyes away from the amazing sight which fairly fascinated him.

  • Now I'll pay you what I think fit, and you'll take it and be satisfied, and no hanky panky.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • The former depositions,” said hanky, “had better be destroyed at once.

    Erewhon Revisited Samuel Butler
  • When you landed at Fremantle there was no hanky panky about you.

    The Second String Nat Gould
  • It was one of the rangers,” said hanky impatiently, “who had gone a little beyond the statues, and come back again.

    Erewhon Revisited Samuel Butler
British Dictionary definitions for hanky


noun (pl) hankies
(informal) short for handkerchief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for hanky



A handkerchief (1895+)

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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