hokey [hoh-kee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for hokey on Thesaurus.com adjective, hok·i·er, hok·i·est.

  1. overly sentimental; mawkish: Two glasses of wine and he gets unbearably hokey; it’s hard to believe he’s a highly paid executive!
  2. obviously contrived, especially to win popular appeal or support; phony: The hokey stories of his impoverished childhood always surface at election time.

Origin of hokey 1945–50; irregular hok(um) + -y1 Related formshok·ey·ness, hok·i·ness, noun Related Words for hokey banal, commonplace, dull, feeble, hackneyed, mawkish, old-fashioned, sentimental, shopworn, stale, trite Examples from the Web for hokey Contemporary Examples of hokey

  • There was the lifeless and hokey Management ($934,000 box office) and Love Happens ($22 million).

    Jennifer Aniston’s New Movie Sucks. What’s She Doing Wrong?

    Kevin Fallon

    August 7, 2013

  • She jumped up and down and did the hokey pokey and shouted to the rooftops from it.

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Tearful Last ‘The View,’ and Why We’ll Miss Her

    Kevin Fallon

    July 10, 2013

  • With their hokey humor and easily solved crises, those shows led straight into the era of Ellen and Will & Grace.

    How TV Killed the Republican Party’s Family Values

    Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

    November 15, 2012

  • Commenting on his vanilla—some might even say “hokey”—demeanor, my wife said he reminded her of the father on Leave It to Beaver.

    Face It, Republicans, ‘Bazooka Joe’ Biden Won the VP Debate

    Matt Latimer

    October 12, 2012

  • We used to close our meetings with a hokey phrase: “May the great master of all Scouts be with us till we meet again.”

    Take That, Boy Scouts: I’m Rejecting My Eagle Award

    Aaron Becker

    August 9, 2012

  • Historical Examples of hokey

  • Hokey Pokey took it with many thanks, and then went on his way.

    The Pig Brother and Other Fables and Stories

    Laura E. Richards

  • By the Hokey; if Sally Jones is’nt real grit, there’s no snakes.

    The Portland Sketch Book


  • I saw him some months back down at Sawyer’s Forks, and by hokey!

    At Whispering Pine Lodge

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • “By hokey, I don’t like the looks o’ that,” said the old man, as he observed the armed band approaching his lonely cabin.

    Brother Against Brother

    John Roy Musick

  • He had scarcely opened the door when he started back in surprise, exclaiming, “By hokey, if there isn’t a basket on the steps!”

    Timothy Crump’s Ward

    Horatio Alger

  • British Dictionary definitions for hokey hokey adjective slang, mainly US and Canadian

    1. corny; sentimental
    2. contrived; phoney

    Word Origin for hokey C20: from hokum Word Origin and History for hokey adj.

    1927, from hoke + -y (2). Related: Hokiness.

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