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adj. hok·i·er, hok·i·est Slang
1. Mawkishly sentimental; corny.
2. Noticeably contrived; artificial.

hok′i·ly adv.
hok′i·ness, hok′ey·ness n.


1. corny; sentimental
2. contrived; phoney
[C20: from hokum]


(ˈhoʊ ki)

adj. hok•i•er, hok•i•est.
1. cloyingly sentimental; mawkish.
2. contrived in an obvious way.
[1915–25; irreg. hok (um) + -y1]
hok′ey•ness, hok′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hokey - effusively or insincerely emotionalhokey - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"
2.hokey - artificially formal; "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
affected, unnatural - speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression


adj (US inf)
(= phoney)künstlich; excusefaul (inf); it’s hokeydas ist Quatsch
(= corny) excuseabgedroschen; story, songkitschig
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