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

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Other Words from hokey

hokeyness or hokiness \ ˈhō-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce hokiness (audio) \ noun
hokily \ ˈhō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce hokily (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 This foreshadows hokey moments in which, say, every eighth letter on a typewritten page will go luminous with special effects to relay Jonah’s native genius for cryptography. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“Hunters” Is a Spectacularly Misbegotten Tale of Avenging the Holocaust," 18 Feb. 2020 Kringer’s Peter, adorable if a bit hokey in his youthfulness, has a fittingly romantic voice. Maya Phillips, New York Times, "‘About Love’ Review: Turgenev With Songs and Heartbreak," 11 Mar. 2020 Things that go bump in the night so efficiently on a big screen often look hokey and overly theatrical when designed to occur live. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Woman in Black’ wants to scare you the old-fashioned way," 10 Dec. 2019 Nothing hokey, but more of a serious rewiring of the brain. Mika Brzezinski, NBC News, "Mika: This therapy is helping me triumph over my 20-year addiction to sleep medicine," 6 Mar. 2020 There will also be live music, limbo, hokey pokey and races, according to the event page. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky's RECA Roller Rink closing its doors after more than 60 years," 28 Feb. 2020 To an outside ear, these sound too hokey to be the basis for fervent belief. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 The difficulty can be punishing as players have to beat a level in one go through, but they’ll be strangely delighted by the hokey voice acting, plot and mission design that capitalizes on this wacky vision of patriotism. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Roundup: ‘Bloodstained’ highlights games that shouldn’t be overlooked," 16 Aug. 2019 The gifts just arrived early for fans of the hokey holiday plot lines of Hallmark’s extensive Christmas movies series. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Holiday dream job? Get paid $1,000 to watch Hallmark Christmas movies," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hokey

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hokey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hokey. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hokey

US, informal + disapproving
: obviously fake
: very silly, old-fashioned, or sentimental

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