hoo·​ey ˈhü-ē How to pronounce hooey (audio)
: 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 Advocate
As 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

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, 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

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hooey was in 1912

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“Hooey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooey. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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