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

Definition of hokey

1 : corny entry 1 sense 3 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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The rink is a favorite of area students and made headlines in 2015 for being the place where police killed the hokey pokey. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A South Carolina Teen Was Arrested, Charged, and Released for Dumping Cooking Oil in a Roller Skating Rink," 17 July 2018 But the execution is hokey, with even Lee Sizemore rolling his eyes at the hosts' fascination with their mirrored selves. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive," 21 May 2018 An exclusive video peek at Lando's 'Solo' capes and cool new 'Star Wars' aliens Solo finds the title hero in his hardscrabble youth on the planet Corellia, a place where hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Solo' gambles (and wins) by not being just another 'Star Wars' movie," 15 May 2018 Quinones is ill at ease doing the romantic scenes and reading the hokey dialogue, but the street kids around him play themselves naturally. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 The cynic in me found the vision hokey; the dreamer in me would have liked to disappear with them. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 Not in the sense of a hokey rural wisdom, but rather in the sense of a careful craftsmanship or artisanship, with the values of work and revision that Hall maintained were essential for poets. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018 If several of the tricks feel original, nearly all of them feel hokey. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Sleights of Hand With Cards, Coins and a Colander," 26 June 2018 The hokey title and concept initially turned me off, but the trailer plants the seeds of something interesting, especially with Brandon Micheal Hall (star of last season's tragically-canceled The Mayor) at the helm. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Fall TV trailers: Snap judgments on the new network shows, from 'Magnum P.I.' to 'Charmed'," 18 May 2018

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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