hooky


hooky

hooky 1or hook·ey [hoo k-ee] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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 hooky 1 1840–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of phrase hook it escape, make off Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for hookies vacancy, 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.

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  • The self-described “Pocket Gaysian” seems to be the only Hookies organizer who manages to stay on point.

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  • Hookies nominees are a breed apart, however—no blurred-out profile photos attempt to hide their faces or identities.

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  • 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.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for hookies hooky hookey noun

    1. 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 Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for hookies hooky n.

    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.”

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper Idioms and Phrases with hookies hooky

    see play hooky.

    The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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