hooky

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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.

NounEdit

hooky

  1. Absence from school or work.
    Let’s play hooky and leave school to go to the mall.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From hook +‎ -y

AdjectiveEdit

hooky (comparative hookier, superlative hookiest)

  1. Full of hooks.
  2. Shaped like a hook.
Last modified on 11 April 2014, at 02:38