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

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Sometimes the biggest challenge is a genre bias — to watch a show that looks unbearably hokey. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "There’s no better use of Netflix’s fortunes than this perfect revival of ‘Dark Crystal’," 29 Aug. 2019 Doing the hokey-kochy In part, that is because the left is almost as beholden to rich people as the right. The Economist, "The Kochtopus’s garden," 29 Aug. 2019 My then-4-year-old son couldn’t stop talking about that hokey mechanical bison after his first visit. Dorany Pinedastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Mammoth memories: L.A. loves the La Brea Tar Pits’ potentially displaced creatures," 27 Aug. 2019 An interesting, complex Dog Movie that has the emotional bite to match its somewhat hokey bark. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Gerard Butler stars in Oval Office thriller this week at the movies," 19 Aug. 2019 Nothing in America’s tepid 19th-century contributions to European classical music adumbrated it; nor did the homely and sometimes hokey popular songs of Stephen Foster. Heather Mac Donald, National Review, "The American Songbook," 22 Aug. 2019 Six years before this drama unfolded, Beyoncé was on the other side of the awards-show hokey-pokey. Paul Grein, Billboard, "10 Years After Kanye/Taylor Drama, All the Times an Artist Lost at the VMAs & Won Video of the Year Later That Night," 19 Aug. 2019 The Giants are playing precision baseball supported by energetic fans who don’t depend on the hokey scoreboard messages that are prevalent at other ballparks. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "5 takeaways from the Cubs-Giants series, including 2 costly losses and a modern daily double," 25 July 2019 As is tradition: From Fish Ohio to posing for photos with mascots to hiking Gov. Mike DeWine has embraced the hokey side of being governor of Ohio, Tobias writes. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Nuclear subsidies bill rewritten again, budget deal may be close: Capitol Letter," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of hokey

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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