Definition of hokey-cokey in English:


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Pronunciation: /həʊkɪˈkəʊki


  • A communal dance performed in a circle with synchronized shaking of the limbs in turn, accompanied by a simple song.
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    • 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.

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