Definition of hokey-pokey in English:

hokey-pokey

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Pronunciation: /həʊkɪˈpəʊki
 
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noun

informal
  • 1 [mass noun] 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.
  • 1.1NZ A kind of brittle toffee or a type of toffee-flavoured ice cream: she got me a double cone of hokey pokey
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    • In some areas this would solidify and subsequently be mined as pig treacle, or hokey-pokey, great sticky seams in the rock, but your real prospector would surely comb the wilderness for signs of the true liquid gold.
    • Hokey pokey ice cream is one of the most popular treats in New Zealand, evoking memories of childhood trips to the beach.
    • My friend made hokey pokey ice cream for a lunch party.
  • 2US Deception; 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 (the hokey-pokey) US term for hokey-cokey.
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    • Around the altar a chorus of Syrian damsels performed their hokey-pokeys to the sound of staccato musics.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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