There are 2 main definitions of hooky in English:

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hooky 1

Syllabification: hook·y
Pronunciation: /ˈho͝okē/
(also hookey)

noun

(in phrase play hooky) informal
Stay away from school or work without permission or explanation.

Origin

Mid 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with hooky

bookie, cookie, hookey, nooky, rookie

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hooky 2 Syllabification: hook·y
Pronunciation: /ˈho͝okē/

adjective

(Of a tune or a component of a tune) having immediate appeal and easy to remember: a hooky bass line
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  • They make music that's fun and fresh, adding urban beats and hooky riffs to catchy rhythm lines and choruses that make you want to jump and shout.
  • She's clearly found an appropriate songwriting partner with husband Bill Bell, and has enough hooky songs to counter her abundance of emotional ballads.
  • It's a fabulous record, from the string of catchy tracks that opens the album to the slower six-minute ‘Fountain Song’ and the barrage of hooky tunes composing the latter half of the disc.

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