hoo·​ey | \ ˈhü-ē How to pronounce hooey (audio) \

Definition of hooey

: nonsense What sort of melodramatic hooey is this?— Brock Yates Pretentious, contrived hooey, purporting to show and tell how all teens have the same—gulp—feelings.— Stephen Schaefer Allen's opinion is that the figures the bowling establishment touts are, in a word, hooey.— Frank Deford often used in phrases like a bunch of hooey and a load of hooey Here's somebody, surely, who'd never try to sell you a bunch of hooey.— David Gates… there's only one way to describe it: It's a load of hooey.The Animals AdvocateAs usual, the fight scenes are powerful, but Rocky's total fall from grace … and the street-fight finale are just a lot of Hollywood hooey.— Ed Weiner

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of hooey in a Sentence

Don't waste your money on that book—it's a lot of hooey. stories about the inn being haunted are just a lot of hooey
Recent Examples on the Web The old line about the 28 gauge having a square load is hooey. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 11 Dec. 2019 But as comforting as a toddy may be, the notion of a dose of booze as a cold cure has always struck me as a load of hooey. M. Carrie Allan, sacbee, 23 Jan. 2018 But as comforting as a toddy may be, the notion of a dose of booze as a cold cure has always struck me as a load of hooey. M. Carrie Allan, charlotteobserver, 23 Jan. 2018 The scene where Skerrett has a highland fling with a blond, bearded hunk is more than a wee bit full of hooey. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Jan. 2018 There was a whole lot of narrative hooey to explain the theme, which mostly had to do with caterpillars becoming butterflies, girls becoming women, et cetera. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2017 Contrary to the previous load of hooey dispensed by Junior and the first family, this dude was not a translator. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 18 July 2017 John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, and not the most substantial waffle in the breakfast buffet, has been particularly energetic in slinging this hooey at the American people. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 7 July 2017 And that 38 percent believes accusations that Trump's campaign conspired with Russian hackers and spies to influence the election's outcome -- and the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the election -- are nothing but hooey. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, 15 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hooey.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hooey

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hooey

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About hooey

Statistics for hooey

Cite this Entry

“Hooey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooey. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hooey



English Language Learners Definition of hooey

chiefly US, informal : foolish talk or writing

More from Merriam-Webster on hooey

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for hooey


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!