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Related to hooky: play hooky, Hookey, truant


n. Informal
Absence without leave; truancy: play hooky from school.

[Perhaps from hook it, to make off.]
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(ˈhʊkɪ) or


(Education) informal chiefly US and Canadian and NZ truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)
[C20: perhaps from hook it to escape]
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or hook•ey

(ˈhʊk i)

unjustifiable absence from school or work (usu. in the phrase play hooky).
[1840–50, Amer.; perhaps alter. of phrase hook it escape, make off]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hooky - failure to attend (especially school)hooky - failure to attend (especially school)
nonattendance - the failure to attend
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Informal. An unexcused absence:
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hookey [ˈhʊki] n
to play hooky (mainly US) (= play truant) → faire l'école buissonnière
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n (US, inf) → Schuleschwänzen nt (inf); to play hooky(die) Schule schwänzen (inf)
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[ˈhʊkɪ] n (fam) to play hookymarinare la scuola
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