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adjective, hok·i·er, hok·i·est.
  1. overly sentimental; mawkish: Two glasses of wine and he gets unbearably hokey; it's hard to believe he's a highly paid executive!
  2. obviously contrived, especially to win popular appeal or support; phony: The hokey stories of his impoverished childhood always surface at election time.

Origin of hokey

1945–50; irregular hok(um) + -y1
Related formshok·ey·ness, hok·i·ness, noun
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adjective slang, mainly US and Canadian
  1. corny; sentimental
  2. contrived; phoney

Word Origin for hokey

C20: from hokum
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Word Origin and History for hokey

1927, from hoke + -y (2). Related: Hokiness.

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