hanky

or han·kie

[hang-kee]
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noun, plural han·kies.


Origin of hanky

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

  • Hanky keeps Hanky well out of it; Panky must have a base of operations in Panky.

    Erewhon Revisited

    Samuel Butler

  • Perhaps he knew his auditors so well that he really anticipated what the effect would be upon both Josh and Hanky Panky.

  • I have no doubt,” said Hanky significantly, “that they are such as would weigh with any man of ordinary feeling.

    Erewhon Revisited

    Samuel Butler

  • Hanky argued that a receipt was useless, inasmuch as it would be ruin to my father ever to refer to the subject again.

    Erewhon Revisited

    Samuel Butler

  • “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



British Dictionary definitions for hanky

hanky

hankie

noun plural hankies

informal short for handkerchief
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