- 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
- full of hooks.
Origin of hooky2
Examples from the Web for hooky
Contemporary Examples of hooky
Hooky indicates an inability to create stories that take place in and around school and, therefore, a dearth of inspiration.Gossip Girl Deathwatch
February 6, 2009
Historical Examples of hooky
He sat there stunned until Hooky began licking at his scuffed fingers.The Hoofer
Walter M. Miller
Or your hooky neck, or your two knees is black with knocking one on the other?The Well of the Saints
J. M. Synge
He invented a kind of home-study "hooky" to break the monotony.The Fourth R
George Oliver Smith
My mother was well on to fifty when I gave her that chop, and she got her hooky finger for life.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
Then there were atoms with rough surfaces, "hooky" surfaces, and these stuck together and formed solids.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
- 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.