- 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
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off
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Examples from the Web for 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.
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)
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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