hok·​ey ˈhō-kē How to pronounce hokey (audio)
hokier; hokiest
: corny entry 1 sense 1
the usual hokey melodrama
: obviously contrived : phony
the plots are tricky but not hokeyCleveland Amory
hokeyness noun
or hokiness
hokily 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 Trending Videos While some haunted houses may seem a little hokey — filled with actors dressed as ghouls, goblins, and mad scientists — there are many places around the world with a reputation for being truly haunted. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 13 Aug. 2023 Racked with hokey voices, and novelty shop side-showery (plus a manic, crowded mix job), the cheese of Gospel Rap hasn’t aged well, though The Rap-Sures did indeed break new ground. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 24 Aug. 2023 Other than her mermaid-red hair, there’s little trace of the hokey seductress of yore; this Ivy is a nerdy, misanthropic loner with a dry monotone and a penchant for preaching about injustice—Plant Daria, complete with the green jacket. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 Perhaps that’s why The Entity works as a villain, even if the way the movie personifies it with swooshing graphics and eye-like optics is a little hokey. Marah Eakin, WIRED, 12 July 2023 The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) A hokey ramshackle mess. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 July 2023 But its preachy and simplistic sides win out, particularly when Beckinsale gets stuck with a hokey curtain speech. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 27 June 2023 The experience of walking around is not improved aesthetically by the guides, who, in their hokey makeup and robes, evoke a middle-schooler’s haunted house. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 Not a lot about this movie holds up, but nostalgia is a helluva drug, and the hokey dance Alvin invents while pretending to be cool is making a comeback on TikTok. refinery29.com, 1 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hokey was in 1927

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“Hokey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hokey. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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