A communal dance performed in a circle with synchronized shaking of the limbs in turn, accompanied by a simple song.
More example sentences
- Dwell on the red circle formed by the Arsenal players, which began with a show of unity and descended into an impromptu hokey-cokey.
- Seeing our Japanese hosts do the hokey-cokey was a sight to behold.
- After forcing us to sing a Neil Diamond medley, he tops the show by prodding the audience into doing the hokey-cokey while spraying us with champagne.
1940s: perhaps from hocus-pocus.