[ hoo-ee ]
/ ˈhu i /


(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!

Nearby words

  1. hoodlum,
  2. hoodman-blind,
  3. hoodoo,
  4. hoodooism,
  5. hoodwink,
  6. hoof,
  7. hoof it,
  8. hoof-and-mouth disease,
  9. hoofbeat,
  10. hoofbound

Origin of hooey

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain

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Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈhuːɪ) /

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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