Crossword clues for hooky
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hooky \Hook"y\ (h[oo^]k"[y^]), a. Full of hooks; pertaining to hooks.
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 knowledge of their parents. Also (figuratively and jocosely), to be absent from duty for frivolous reasons.
This talk about boys . . . playing ball, and ``hooky,''
and marbles, was all moonshine.
--F. Hopkinson Smith.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
also hookey, in the truant sense, 1848, American English (New York City), from Dutch hoekje "hide and seek;" or else from hook it, attested since 14c. as "make off, run away," originally "depart, proceed."
Etymology 1 n. Absence from school or work. Etymology 2
a. 1 Full of hooks. 2 Shaped like a hook.
n. failure to attend (especially school) [syn: truancy]
Hooky or Hookey may refer to the following:
- To "play hooky", a slang term, particularly in North America, for committing truancy
- Hooky (nickname), a list of people and one fictional character
- Hookey (surname), a list of people
- Hookey (game), an Australian ring toss game based on the Irish game Ring Board
- " Hooky", an episode of the animated television show SpongeBob SquarePants
- "Hooky" is the nickname of former Joy Division and New Order Bassist Peter Hook
Hooky (or spelling variations thereof) is the nickname of:
- F. S. Bell (1897-1973), British Royal Navy captain nicknamed "Hookie", commanded HMS Exeter in the Second World War Battle of the River Plate
- Edgar Chadwick (1869-1942), English footballer and national coach of the Netherlands
- Hooks Dauss (1889-1963), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Denys Hill (1896-1971), English cricketer
- Peter Hook (born 1956), British musician and singer
- Hookey Leonard (1901-1982), Scottish footballer
- John McPhail (1923-2000), Scottish footballer
- Hook-handed man, a fictional character in the Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events series called "Hooky" by other characters
Usage examples of "hooky".
And for Hooky it was comparatively safe, for Bentley aimed only where his gloves were.
Shetlands: two, that Hooky was always full of chat and leg-pulling was his favourite sport.
Nobody did much drinking at sea, but Hooky Winters, chatting to Jack Maunsell and Bruce Fry the helo king, was enjoying his usual pink gin.
Pentecost had a camera with him: he went in through the screen door, and Hooky plunged after him.
Cooper made a mock-approving face at Comerford: then he found himself face to face with the chaplain, as Hooky came up the port-side steps.
Two thoughts came quickly: one, those trawlers off the Shetlands: two, that Hooky was always full of chat and leg-pulling was his favourite sport.
Doug Cooper made a mock-approving face at Comerford: then he found himself face to face with the chaplain, as Hooky came up the port-side steps.
Sub-Lieutenant Sainsbury, had inexcusably caroused with a dozen bottles of beer and Hooky Walker and two of his petty-officer shipmates.
No questioning here, absolutely not, of even such a man as Hooky Walker.
First Hooky Walker in his strange new ship, then an obviously taut officer like Caswell for his deputy, and now, for coxswain, that most important of senior ratings, a man whom Bentley liked, and therefore, by implication, strongly recommended.
Caswell returned to take the watch, Hooky Walker reported that all was ready, and Sainsbury, after a final look round that smiling, terrible sky, went down to his cabin for his prayer-book.
Luxton reached for the limejuice jug and Hooky made a rude reference to the incompetence of messmen who forget ice-cubes in limejuice.
Randall knew sailors, but Hooky had forgotten more about that complex subject than the lieutenant ever knew - he had been one himself.
He turned his head from the shipping in the harbour and he looked at Hooky speculatively.
Strolling hallways bounded by the muffled sounds of class in session feels like playing hooky, reignites the adolescent joy of bending rules when rules were easier to bend.