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

Definition of hankie

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Synonyms for hankie


handkerchief, kerchief

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Examples of hankie in a Sentence

held a hankie up to his nose and blew vigorously

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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, "Handkerchiefs for Use and Fond Memories," 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, "In 'Through the Eye of a Needle,' a lost daughter and a family coming to grips," 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, "We Want to Use These Natural Dyes on Everything We Own," 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, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018 Sunglass cases, hankies, make-up bags, totes that hold tap shoes and batons, pocketbooks and key chains are all good candidates for our family markings. Leslie Anne Tarabella, AL.com, "Put a monogram on it," 10 July 2017 WATER SCIENCE TRICK Stuff a piece of facial tissue or a hankie into the bottom of a tall plastic cup. Donna Erickson / Creative Parenting, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Amaze preschoolers with three simple science tricks," 22 Apr. 2017

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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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