Definition of hokey-pokey in English:

hokey-pokey

Syllabification: ho·key-po·key

noun

informal
1 (the hokey-pokey) US A circle dance with a synchronized shaking of the limbs in turn, accompanied by a simple song.
More example sentences
  • I'm the typical American white guy, so watching me dance is like seeing the Pillsbury Doughboy doing the hokey-pokey.
  • We learn the hokey pokey when we're kids and as we become adults, we learn the latest crazes.
  • Try dancing with your children. Do the Hokey Pokey, the bunny hop and such.
2US Hocus-pocus; trickery.
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  • There was something kind of psychic about him, almost supernatural, and it was no surprise when I found out he was into that hokey-pokey and read a lot about magic and mysticism.
3 dated Ice cream sold on the street, especially by Italian street vendors.
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  • Interestingly, in late - 19 th-century Britain, hokey-pokey men were Italian street vendors selling ice-cream wrapped in waxed paper.
  • They sell hokey-pokey, either plain or covered in chocolate.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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