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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 ‎(uncountable)

  1. Absence from school or work. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    Let's play hooky and 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.