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[hok-ee] /ˈhɒk i/
Origin of hockey
1520-30; earlier hockie, perhaps equivalent to hock- hook1 + -ie -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • hockey, dances, and good times were the subjects he dealt with.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This was observed by a gang of boys playing at hockey in the road.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • You know she was on the crew and the basketball team and the hockey team at college.


    Jane Abbott
  • And I can't play on the hockey team in the inter-class match this week!


    Jane Abbott
  • hockey is all very well, but give me our orange groves and the blue sea.

British Dictionary definitions for hockey


Also called (esp US and Canadian) field hockey
  1. a game played on a field by two opposing teams of 11 players each, who try to hit a ball into their opponents' goal using long sticks curved at the end
  2. (as modifier): hockey stick, hockey ball
Word Origin
C19: from earlier hawkey, of unknown origin


(East Anglian, dialect)
  1. the feast at harvest home; harvest supper
  2. (as modifier): the hockey cart
Also hawkey, horkey
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hockey

after an isolated reference from Ireland dated 1527 ("The horlinge of the litill balle with hockie stickes or staves ..."), the word is next recorded 1838 from W. Sussex; of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle French hoquet "shepherd's staff, crook," diminutive of Old French hoc "hook." The hooked clubs with which the game is played resemble shepherds' staves. In North America, ice hockey is distinguished from field hockey.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hockey



  1. Feces; excrement; shit: Great big blooping hunks of dog hockey/ But it's a lot of horse hockey, on both sides
  2. Empty and pretentious nonsense; bullshit: any of that hocky about being a white man
  3. Semen; cum

[1923+; origin unknown; perhaps fr a variant pronunciation of the hokum, hokey, hocus-pocus cluster, suggested by some spellings, and hence originally ''falsehood, pretentious exaggeration, etc,'' whence ''bullshit,'' whence ''shit'';]

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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