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Slang

hooky | hookey

This page is about the slang term hooky | hookey

American English

Meaning

(in phrase play hooky) to stay away from school or work without permission

For example

  • Let's play hooky tomorrow and go watch the golf. Things are pretty quiet at work anyway.

  • When I was a kid, I was caught playing hookey when school inspectors nabbed us at the mall.

Variety

This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Students who often play hooky will probably get

a. excellent grades

b. poor grades

c. very fit and strong

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Contributor: Matt Errey