truancy, especially from school.

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  • Hookey — Hook ey, n. 1. See {Hockey}. [1913 Webster] 2. Same as {hooky}, n.. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hookey — n. (also hooky) US Phrases and idioms: blind hookey a gambling guessing game at cards. play hookey sl. play truant. Etymology: 19th c.: orig. unkn …   Useful english dictionary

  • hookey — See: PLAY HOOKEY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hookey — Hooky Hook y (h[oo^]k [y^]), n. [Written also {hookey}.] [Cf. {Hook}, v. t., 3.] A word used only in the expression to play hooky, to be truant, to run away; used mostly of youths absent from school without a valid reason and without the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hookey — Hockey Hock ey, n. [From {Hook}, n.] 1. A game in which two parties of players, armed with sticks curved or hooked at the end, attempt to drive any small object (as a ball or a bit of wood) toward opposite goals. [1913 Webster] 2. The stick used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hookey — n. (colloq.) (AE) unexcused absence from school to play hookey …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hookey — n Truancy. Maynard played hookey from school today and missed the quiz. 1840s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • hookey — (also hooky) noun (in phr. play hookey) N. Amer. informal play truant. Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • hookey — noun see hooky …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hookey — /hook ee/, n. hooky1. * * * …   Universalium

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