verb (used with object), hoked, hok·ing.

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.


Nearby words

  1. hoist by one's own petard,
  2. hoity-toity,
  3. hojo,
  4. hoka,
  5. hokan,
  6. hokey,
  7. hokey cokey,
  8. hokey-pokey,
  9. hoki,
  10. hokiang

Origin of hoke

1930–35; back formation from hokey or hokum

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British Dictionary definitions for hoking



(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 hoking


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

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