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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) (alternative form of hook English) Etymology 2

n. Something contrived or artificial. vb. (context slang English) To ascribe a false or artificial quality to; to pretend falsely to have some quality or to be doing something, etc. Etymology 3

vb. (context Ireland English) To scrounge, to grub.

Hoke -- U.S. County in North Carolina
Population (2000): 33646
Housing Units (2000): 12518
Land area (2000): 391.214922 sq. miles (1013.241954 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.124259 sq. miles (2.911818 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 392.339181 sq. miles (1016.153772 sq. km)
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 34.975358 N, 79.240052 W
Hoke, NC
Hoke County
Hoke County, NC
For the county, see Hoke County, North Carolina. For two historic buildings, see Hoke Building (disambiguation).

Hoke is a surname and a given name which may refer to:


  • Brady Hoke (born 1958), American football coach, formerly head coach at the University of Michigan
  • Chris Hoke (born 1976), American retired National Football League player
  • Eldon Hoke (1958-1997), American musician
  • Jacob Hoke (1825-1893), American businessman and author
  • Jon Hoke (born 1957), American football coach and former player
  • Martin Hoke (born 1952), American Republican politician
  • Michael Hoke (1874–1944), orthopedic surgeon
  • Robert Hoke (1837–1912), Confederate major general, businessman and railroad executive
  • Stefan-Heinrich Höke (1905-1944), German World War II officer
  • William A. Hoke (1851-1925), American politician and jurist

Given name:

  • Hoke Norris (1913-1977), American journalist and writer
  • Hoke L. Smith (1931–2004), tenth president of Towson University
  • M. Hoke Smith (1855–1931), American politician and newspaper owner
  • Hoke Hooks Warner (1894-1947), American Major League Baseball player

Usage examples of "hoke".

The usually cited constitutional justification for such legislation is that which was advanced forty years ago in the above quoted Hoke Case.

Killer Durgan, recognizable as he leaned from the front seat, sought to avenge the death of Hoke Larrigan and he made Spunk Hogan his target.

As soon as it was time to retire that night Mont slipped upstairs and into the dormitory occupied by Hoke Ummer, Goul, and their chums.

Hoke McGee and Everett Everett Barr had run a carnival skin game in partnership, but that had been many years ago.

Hoke took her knife and cut his sandwich into bitesize chunks as well, and gummed them as well as he could before swallowing.

It took Hoke twenty minutes to find his teeth, but they had landed in a cluster of screw-leaved crotons and weren't damaged.

Hoke took out his dentures, put them on a napkin, and handed them to Susan.

Hoke took out his dentures, which irritated his gums, and put them to soak in a plastic glass with some Polident.

Hoke studied the drape of the silk djellabah and wondered if she was wearing a bra.

Hoke sniffed the anima of the owner--Patou's Joy, perspiration, cold cream, bath powder, soap, and stale cigarette smoke.

As Hoke started back toward the public beach, he noticed a man seated in a webbed chair beneath a striped beach umbrella behind the Supermare, a twenty-story condo with a penthouse on top.

Hoke ordered a Belgian waffle with sausage links and told the waiter to have the cook heat the syrup.

Hoke took his coffee into the living room to get out of Inocencia's way, and sat on one of the tapestried chairs that were spaced evenly around the polished black mahogany table.

Hoke shook his head to clear it, glanced at the box scores, and noticed that the Cubs had dropped another game to the Mets--three so far in a three-game series.

This afternoon she had her bridge group coming to the house, and she had been worried last night that Hoke might lurch out into the living room in his urine-stained boxer shorts.