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verb \ˈhōk\

Definition of hoke



  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give a contrived, falsely impressive, or hokey quality to —usually used with up <hoke up a movie with lots of action>

Did You Know?

Hoke is a back-formation of "hokum," which was probably created as a blend of "hocus-pocus" and "bunkum." Hokum is a word for the theatrical devices used to evoke a desired audience response. The verb "hoke" appeared in the early 20th century and was originally used (as it still can be today) when actors performed in an exaggerated or overly sentimental way. Today, it is often used adjectivally in the form "hoked-up," as in "hoked-up dialogue." The related word hokey was coined soon after "hoke" to describe things that are corny or phony.

Origin and Etymology of hoke


First Known Use: 1925

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