Attested in 1848 in New York City. Most likely from Dutch hoekje (“nook, corner; 'spot to hide' in hide-and-seek”). Formerly, "hoekje spelen" could be used to mean "to play hide-and-seek", though the common term for the game nowadays is verstoppertje.
- Absence from school or work; truancy. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- Let's play hooky and go to the mall.
- Full of hooks (all senses).
- Sew the hooky half of the Velcro on the inner side so that it doesn't pick up fluff.
- 2020 November 9, Gwen Ihnat, “With McCartney III, Paul McCartney offers lessons from a legendary life”, in The A.V. Club:
- At least the mostly instrumental kickoff “Long Tailed Winter Bird” offers a hooky acoustic guitar riff you can’t blame McCartney for hanging on to as long as he does.
- Shaped like or resembling a hook; hooked.