hokey-pokey

[ hoh-kee-poh-kee ]
/ ˈhoʊ kiˈpoʊ ki /

noun

hocus-pocus; trickery.
Often Hokey-Pokey. a dance performed in a circle, or a song describing the simple movements of the dance.
ice cream as formerly sold by street vendors.
New Zealand. a toffee-flavored candy or ice cream popular in New Zealand.

Trademark.

Hokey-Pokey. a brand of white chocolate ice cream with honeycomb and caramel.

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Origin of hokey-pokey

First recorded in 1840–50; variant of hocus-pocus

Words nearby hokey-pokey

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Example sentences from the Web for hokey-pokey

  • Hot gauffrette and hokey-pokey venders are always near at hand.

    Paris Vistas|Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Here is the poorer Italian colony; organ-grinders, ice-cream-barrow-men, "hokey-pokey" sellers, and their like.

  • They both laughed, feeling like mischievous children who had played a successful trick on the hokey-pokey man.

  • I didn't notice anything except a hokey-pokey seller, adding his mite to the infant mortality of the district.

    The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for hokey-pokey

hokey-pokey
/ (ˌhəʊkɪˈpəʊkɪ) /

noun

NZ a brittle toffee sold in lumps
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