- 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
Related Words for hookiesvacancy, absenteeism, truancy, nonattendance, AWOL, nonappearance, truantry
Examples from the Web for hookies
Contemporary Examples of hookies
The Hookies open with a performance by Boston-based rapper/songwriter/louchebag Cazwell.
The self-described “Pocket Gaysian” seems to be the only Hookies organizer who manages to stay on point.
Hookies nominees are a breed apart, however—no blurred-out profile photos attempt to hide their faces or identities.
Historical Examples of hookies
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
- 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.