or hook·ey

[hoo k-ee]


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

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off
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  • My fellow-laborer had already indulged in unnumbered "Hookies," and his eyes were set wide open by the wonders that surrounded us.

    Down The River

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for hookies




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 hookies



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 hookies


see play hooky.

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