- 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 hooky1
Examples from the Web for hookey
Historical Examples of hookey
But all this time I was sufferin like hookey with awful spasms of whoopin cough.Mr. Munchausen
John Kendrick Bangs
“Hookey”—as the carp said, when he saw a worm at the end of a line.
What would we have done if she had been very tall and stout, and fierce-looking, with spectacles and a hookey nose?Grandmother Dear
“I noticed that most of the boys smiled when I said ‘hookey,’” ventured Uncle Ben, critically.The Blue Birds' Winter Nest
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
You went to the same school; played "hookey" together; bathed in the creek together.The Common Sense of Socialism
- informal, mainly US, Canadian and NZ truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)
Word Origin for hooky
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."
see play hooky.