n. (colloq.) (AE)

unexcused absence from school

to play hooky

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(colloq.) (AE) ['unexcused absence from school'] to play hooky

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hooky — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Hooky llamado anzuelado en España y enganchado en Hispanoamérica. Es un episodio de la primera temporada de Bob Esponja. Contenido 1 Sinopsis 2 Trivia 3 Detalles …   Wikipedia Español

  • hooky — ☆ hooky [hook′ē ] n. [prob. < Du hoeckje, hide and seek < MDu hoec (> Du hoek), corner (hence, to hide around a corner): see HOOK] used only in the phrase play hooky, to stay away from school without permission; be a truant Informal:… …   English World dictionary

  • Hooky — Hook y (h[oo^]k [y^]), a. Full of hooks; pertaining to hooks. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hooky — also hookey, in the truant sense, 1848, Amer.Eng. (New York City), from Du. hoekje hide and seek; or else from hook it, attested since 14c. as make off, run away, originally depart, proceed …   Etymology dictionary

  • hooky — hooky1 /hook ee/, n. unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky): On the first warm spring day the boys played hooky to go fishing. Also, hookey. [1840 50, Amer.; perh. alter. of phrase hook it escape,… …   Universalium

  • hooky — hook|y [ huki ] noun play hooky 1. ) if a student plays hooky, they do not go to school on a day when they are expected to 2. ) HUMOROUS used when you do not go to work …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hooky — [[t]h ʊki[/t]] also hookey PHRASE: V inflects If a child plays hooky, they stay away from school without permission. [mainly AM, INFORMAL] ...the misadventures of a happy go lucky boy who plays hooky from school. Syn: play truant (in BRIT, use… …   English dictionary

  • hooky — I. /ˈhʊki / (say hookee) adjective 1. full of hooks. 2. hook shaped. 3. catchy: a hooky tune. {hook + y1} II. /ˈhʊki / (say hookee) phrase play hooky, Colloquial to stay away from schoo …   Australian English dictionary

  • hooky — also hookey noun (plural hookies; also hookeys) Etymology: probably from slang hook, hook it to make off Date: circa 1848 truant used chiefly in the phrase play hooky …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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