ho·​key·​po·​key ˌhō-kē-ˈpō-kē How to pronounce hokeypokey (audio)
: ice cream sold by street vendors

Examples of hokeypokey in a Sentence

every year the legislature has to go through the same hokeypokey before it balances the state budget

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hokeypokey was circa 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Hokeypokey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hokeypokey. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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