or han·kie


noun, plural han·kies.

Origin of hanky

First recorded in 1890–95; han(d)k(erchief) + -y2
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Contemporary Examples of hanky

  • Clarkson wears four-inch Gucci sandals, a chic, black, off-the-rack Italian dress and red Hanky Panky underwear (so she says).

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    Lingerie of Arabia

    Rebecca Dana

    November 3, 2009

Historical Examples of hanky

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

  • He concluded that the latter must be 170 aboard, though Hanky had not seen him go on the boat.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • He waved his hand to Hanky and went up the street like a streak of lightning.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

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

    Sunny Boy in the Country

    Ramy Allison White

  • "And never run about through the wood again; lend me your hanky, Dora," said Alice.

British Dictionary definitions for hanky



noun plural hankies

informal short for handkerchief
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