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, "Every Jodie Foster Movie Performance, Ranked," 19 Feb. 2021 President Barack Obama handed over a hankie during a funeral. Adrienne So, Wired, "Screw Kleenex. You Should Be Carrying a Handkerchief," 5 Mar. 2020 Parting Shot The Broncos have become masters of the two-hankie weepy. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Shelby Harris big performance lands him in select company," 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, "Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, and Laura Carmichael's Grand Return to Downton Abbey," 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, "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

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Hankie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hankie. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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