hooky

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Attested in 1848 in New York City. Most likely from Dutch hoekje ("nook, corner; but also 'spot to hide' in hide-and-go-seek"). Formerly, "hoekje spelen" could be used to mean "to play hide-and-go-seek", though the common term for the game nowadays is verstoppertje.

Noun[edit]

hooky

  1. Absence from school or work.
    Let’s play hooky and leave school to go to the mall.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From hook +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

hooky (comparative hookier, superlative hookiest)

  1. Full of hooks.
  2. Shaped like a hook.