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.
- Absence from school or work. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- Let's play hooky and go to the mall.
- Full of hooks.
- Shaped like a hook.