hookey

[hoo k-ee]

hooky

1

or hook·ey

[hoo k-ee]
noun
  1. 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

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for hookey

hooky

n.

also hookey, in the truant sense, 1848, American English (New York City), from Dutch hoekje "hide and seek;" or else from hook it, attested since 14c. as "make off, run away," originally "depart, proceed."

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Idioms and Phrases with hookey

hooky

see play hooky.

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