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hooky

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or hook·ey

[ hook-ee ]
/ ˈhʊk i /
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noun
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.
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Origin of hooky

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1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off

Other definitions for hooky (2 of 2)

hooky2
[ hook-ee ]
/ ˈhʊk i /

adjective, hook·i·er, hook·i·est.
full of hooks.
hook-shaped.

Origin of hooky

2
First recorded in 1545–55; hook1 + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for hooky

hooky

hookey

/ (ˈhʊkɪ) /

noun
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with hooky

hooky

see play hooky.

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