\ˈhu̇-kē \
variants: or less commonly hookey
plural hookies also hookeys

Definition of hooky 

: truant used chiefly in the phrase play hooky

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Or just play hooky and buy a ticket to join the fun. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Riverbend concerts starting Friday will make I-275/Kellogg Ave. even less fun," 5 July 2018 Americans love few things more than a sporting circus or an excuse to slink out of the office and play hooky from work en masse. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 Or just play early-week hooky as sunshine and comfortable conditions return! A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat wave ends today. Cooler, damp weekend ahead.," 4 May 2018 But the band was clearly more interested in the tight hooky rocking pop of bands like Big Star and Cheap Trick or the sweet vocal harmonies of the Hollies than in noisy art rock and disaffected post-punk. John Adamian, courant.com, "Seven Concerts You Might Want To See (And Why)," 9 June 2018 Before school ended on Friday for the two-week spring vacation in Bavaria, officers caught 21 families allowing their children to play hooky, the police confirmed on Wednesday. New York Times, "Skipping School for Cheap Flights? You Could Be Fined in Germany," 23 May 2018 Their crimes — shoplifting, playing hooky, smoking pot — may be quotidian, but their sense of alienation is not. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "A Fiery Tale of Teenage Despair, as Fresh as When It Debuted in 1994," 26 Apr. 2018 Oh, if ever there was a day to play hooky from work, just look outside. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Hello, sunshine: Seattle temps could hit 70 degrees on Monday," 11 Mar. 2018 Benjamin returned from playing hooky and took a punt 65 yards for a score, the longest L.A. return since 1960. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Nick Canepa's Chargers report card: vs. Denver," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hooky

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hooky

probably from slang hook, hook it to make off

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variants: also hookey \ˈhu̇-kē \

Kids Definition of hooky

: truant She played hooky from work.

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