Origin of hockey

1520–30; earlier hockie, perhaps equivalent to hock- hook1 + -ie -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of hockey

Historical Examples of hockey

  • Hockey, dances, and good times were the subjects he dealt with.


    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


  1. 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
  2. See ice hockey

Word Origin for hockey

C19: from earlier hawkey, of unknown origin


  1. East Anglian dialect
    1. the feast at harvest home; harvest supper
    2. (as modifier)the hockey cart
    Also: hawkey, horkey

Word Origin for hockey

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