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  • IPA(key): /ˈhuː.i/
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  • Rhymes: -uːi

Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly related to phooey, possibly a euphemism for horseshit, or possibly from Ukrainian or Russian хуй (xuj). Compare hooie (interjection) and German hui.

Alternative forms[edit]


hooey (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Silly talk or writing; nonsense, silliness, or fake assertion(s).
    I heard his speech. It sounded like a whole lot of hooey to me.
    • 2006, Ronald H. Hoffman (with Sidney Stevens), How to Talk with Your Doctor: The Guide for Patients and Their Physicians Who Want to Reconcile and Use the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine[1], ReadHowYouWant.com, pages 216–217:
      For many doctors, meditation resides in the realm of New Age hooey—okay for Indian yogis and students of Eastern religion, but not suitable for scientific study.
    • 2011 October 13, Chuck Lorre, Eric Kaplan, Maria Ferrari, “The Russian Rocket Reaction (5-5)” (00:16:47–00:17:00 from the start), in The Big Bang Theory:
      Sheldon Cooper: I did, but I think I've kind of outgrown Star Trek. You know, stock characters, ludicrous plots, beam me up. What a load of hooey.
    • 2023 July 21, Nintendo EPD, Pikmin 4, Nintendo, level/area: Rescue Command Post:
      Dingo: Haha! Sounds like you're scared of ghosts. You know there's no such thing, right?! / Yonny: Well, actually, science has yet to DISprove the existence of ghosts. / Dingo: What? Yon, you're into all this ghost hooey? Really?!

Etymology 2[edit]


hooey (plural hooeys)

  1. (slang) A hog-tie performed in a rodeo show.