hoke

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English.

Noun[edit]

  1. (obsolete) Alternative form of hook.
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From hokum.

Verb[edit]

hoke (third-person singular simple present hokes, present participle hoking, simple past and past participle hoked)

  1. (slang) To ascribe a false or artificial quality to; to pretend falsely to have some quality or to be doing something, etc.
    • 1993, Reed Whittemore, Jack London, Six Literary Lives, page 70,
      He even checked the Thomas Cooke & Son travel people about how to get to the East End (here he was hoking a bit), learning that they were ready to advise him on how to journey to any point in the world except the East End. Then he hailed a cab and found (here he was hoking further) that the cab driver didn't know how to get there either.
    • 1999, David Lewis, 15: Humean Supervenience Debugged, Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology, Volume 2, page 228,
      If we define partitions of alternative cases by means of ingeniously hoked-up properties, we can get the principle to say almost anything we like.
    • 2008, Terry Penner, 12: The Forms and the Sciences in Socrates and Plato, Hugh H. Benson (editor), A Companion to Plato, page 179,
      If it be asked how we come to talk about them, the answer is: for purposes of rejecting these misbegotten creatures of sophistic imaginations, “hoked up” with such things as interest, strength, and the like, which do exist, although only outside of these combinations.
Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

hoke (plural hokes)

  1. Something contrived or artificial.

Etymology 3[edit]

Compare Scots howk.

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Verb[edit]

hoke (third-person singular simple present hokes, present participle hoking, simple past and past participle hoked)

  1. (Ireland) To scrounge, to grub.