hokey

adjective
hok·​ey | \ ˈhō-kē How to pronounce hokey (audio) \
hokier; hokiest

Definition of hokey

1 : corny entry 1 sense 1 the usual hokey melodrama
2 : obviously contrived : phony the plots are tricky but not hokey— Cleveland Amory

Other Words from hokey

hokeyness or hokiness \ ˈhō-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce hokey (audio) \ noun
hokily \ ˈhō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce hokey (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hokey in a Sentence

She gave us some hokey excuse for being late. their father's sense of humor was hokey beyond belief and most people's endurance
Recent Examples on the Web Smith was aided with the book by self-help author Mark Manson, which may be why this otherwise exhilarating audiobook is burdened at times with passages of hokey advice on self-empowerment. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 The first Evil Dead is kind of a melodrama, a lot of laughs come out of the excessive effects and hokey dialogue, and bad acting. Clark Collis, EW.com, 12 July 2021 As a Valentine to them or something, HBO Max released the trailer on February 14, and this directorial cut of the film definitely appears to scrub all quippy, hokey signs of uncredited reshoot director Joss Whedon out of the picture. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 The popular Canadian television show might sound like a hokey reality show for the political set. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 May 2021 As a Valentine to them or something, HBO Max released the trailer on February 14, and this directorial cut of the film definitely appears to scrub all quippy, hokey signs of uncredited reshoot director Joss Whedon out of the picture. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 As a Valentine to them or something, HBO Max released the trailer on February 14, and this directorial cut of the film definitely appears to scrub all quippy, hokey signs of uncredited reshoot director Joss Whedon out of the picture. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 As a Valentine to them or something, HBO Max released the trailer on February 14, and this directorial cut of the film definitely appears to scrub all quippy, hokey signs of uncredited reshoot director Joss Whedon out of the picture. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 As a Valentine to them or something, HBO Max released the trailer on February 14, and this directorial cut of the film definitely appears to scrub all quippy, hokey signs of uncredited reshoot director Joss Whedon out of the picture. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hokey

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Dec 2021

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“Hokey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hokey. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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hokey

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hokey

: obviously fake : phony
: very silly, old-fashioned, or sentimental : corny

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