Definition of hoke in English:

hoke

Syllabification: hoke
Pronunciation: /hōk
 
/

verb

[with object] North American informal
  • (Of an actor) act (a part) in an insincere, sentimental, or melodramatic manner: just try it straight—don’t hoke it up
    More example sentences
    • That night they were fabulous, hoking it up and ‘yee-haw’ ing.
    • The principals of The Wandering Scholar hoke it up, but the piece can take it.
    • She has said that the cast was specifically asked to "hoke it up."

Origin

early 20th century: back-formation from hokum.

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