verb (used with object), hoked, hok·ing.
  1. to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value (usually followed by up): a political speech hoked up with phony statistics.
  1. hokum.

Origin of hoke

1930–35; back formation from hokey or hokum
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Historical Examples of hokes

  • One was the doctor on the steamer, when I came abroad with the Hokes: he'd been cashiered from the navy for drunkenness.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • This angry question was addressed to Zip, who thrust his muzzle against Hokes knee, looked up and wagged his tail.

British Dictionary definitions for hokes


  1. (tr usually foll by up) to overplay (a part, etc)

Word Origin for hoke

C20: perhaps from hokum
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Word Origin and History for hokes


often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.

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