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Homophone: hokey-pokey


hoky-poky (comparative more hoky-poky, superlative most hoky-poky)

  1. Fraudulent; trickish.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 119, "The Candles"
      Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad, is the Ocean, oh!
    • 1876, Benjamin D-------, his little dinner
      And that hoky-poky owner smiled a grim and sordid smile / As he saw his vessel vanish round a corner of the isle !



  1. Alternative form of hokey pokey (frozen snack)
    • 1909, Charter and devised ordinances of Kansas City
      No person, firm or corporation shall see, exchange or deliver, or have in his or their possession with intent to sell, exchange or deliver, any ice cream, ice milk, hoky poky or frozen substance of which milk or cream containing less than twelve (12) per cent of butter fat shall form a component part []