noun (plural hooleys)informal, chiefly Irish
A wild or noisy party.
- A good hooley and a couple of large bottles was his recipe for old age.
- The twins celebrated their 40th birthdays with a party and hooley at the Country Club, Hollybrook last week.
- A few months later on June 21, at a mid-summer hooley in the Hawthorne Lounge, the four men stepped on the scales and it was announced that they had shed a total of 21 stone between them.
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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