Definition of hookey in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʊki/
(also hooky)


(in phrase play hookey) informal, chiefly North American
Play truant: he played hookey from school to go out hunting
More example sentences
  • Were they playing hooky when civics was taught?
  • I mean yes, I was caught red-handed playing hooky, so I did take a good tanning from my old man.
  • Police say she was playing hooky from school, drinking and swimming with friends in a pool.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with hookey

bookie, cookie, hooky, nooky, rookie
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