(used to express disapproval or disbelief): Hooey! You know that's not true.


silly or worthless talk, writing, ideas, etc.; nonsense; bunk: That's a lot of hooey and you know it!

Origin of hooey

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples of hooey

  • "A bunch of hooey," she snapped in reply, scowled at Boswellister and jerked her child complainingly down the street behind her.

    The Glory of Ippling

    Helen M. Urban

British Dictionary definitions for hooey


noun, interjection

slang nonsense; rubbish

Word Origin for hooey

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hooey

"nonsense, foolishness," 1922, American English slang, of unknown origin.

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