hookey

[ hoo k-ee ]
/ ˈhʊk i /

noun

Definition for hookey (2 of 2)

hooky

1

or hook·ey

[ hoo k-ee ]
/ ˈhʊk i /

noun

unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky): On the first warm spring day the boys played hooky to go fishing.

Origin of hooky

1
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off
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British Dictionary definitions for hookey

hooky

hookey

/ (ˈhʊkɪ) /

noun

informal, mainly US, Canadian and NZ truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)

Word Origin for hooky

C20: perhaps from hook it to escape
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Idioms and Phrases with hookey

hooky


see play hooky.

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