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