han·​kie | \ ˈhaŋ-kē How to pronounce hankie (audio) \
variants: or hanky
plural hankies

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Examples of hankie in a Sentence

held a hankie up to his nose and blew vigorously
Recent Examples on the Web Stealing Home is a two-hankie weeper, and a cheap one at that. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 19 Feb. 2021 President Barack Obama handed over a hankie during a funeral. Adrienne So, Wired, 5 Mar. 2020 Parting Shot The Broncos have become masters of the two-hankie weepy. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, 19 Nov. 2019 And ready your hankie for a moment between Lady Mary and the Dowager Countess that—no spoilers—shows off a softer side to the tough-as-nails matriarch. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, 16 Sep. 2019 Despite his relatively casual daily dress of bluejeans, collared shirt and dress shoes, Luke rarely left home without a hankie in his back pocket. WSJ, 8 Mar. 2019 Keep a couple of hankies handy, because the play will likely soften the flintiest hearts in the audience. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, 17 Apr. 2018 The six-step kits, which retail from $48 to $52, each include the dye formula, a silk hankie, protective gloves, string, and a manual on shibori—the Japanese dyeing technique that produces those better-than-tie-dye patterns on fabric. Zoë Sessums, Bon Appetit, 22 Feb. 2018 Several questionable calls went against the Seahawks, who always seemed to slip on a zebra’s hankie during an uphill climb. David J. Neal, miamiherald, 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hankie

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hankie

handkerchief + -ie

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“Hankie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hankie. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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