Main definitions of hooky in English

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hooky1

(also hookey)

noun

in phrase play hooky
informal
  • Stay away from school or work without permission or explanation.

    malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness
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Origin

Mid 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

hooky

/ˈho͝okē/

Main definitions of hooky in English

: hooky1hooky2

hooky2

adjective

  • (of a tune or a component of a tune) having immediate appeal and easy to remember.

    ‘a hooky bass line’
    • ‘If they had decided to break from tradition and round out their hooky gems with massive percussion to balance out the wall of sound, the album would be nearly perfect.’
    • ‘Probably because they have been around for such a long time they have been able to hone their sound, smooth out the jagged edges in order to produce, insidious, hooky type pop tunes that lodge inside your brain.’
    • ‘Opener ‘Mornings Eleven’ starts with a hooky indie-pop riff and an impossibly catchy chorus.’
    • ‘They make music that's fun and fresh, adding urban beats and hooky riffs to catchy rhythm lines and choruses that make you want to jump and shout.’
    • ‘Adams' melodic, hooky country-rock blends in nicely with the cool, sunny atmosphere of the island; it's really a great combination.’
    • ‘Like their last album it takes a couple of listens before it really starts to appeal, as the songs aren't very hooky.’
    • ‘She's clearly found an appropriate songwriting partner with husband Bill Bell, and has enough hooky songs to counter her abundance of emotional ballads.’
    • ‘Like his best work, the songs are irresistibly hooky without being simplistic, though the first single is oddly the weakest tune of the bunch.’
    • ‘The melodies here could hardly be called hooky or blatantly poppy, but they have a mantra-like quality that's infectious and slightly eerie.’
    • ‘I found those songs kinda catchy and hooky and it made an enormous impact on me.’
    • ‘Their set consisted of hooky pop gems that relied on guitar and punch for most of the power, and the mixture was a pleasing one.’
    • ‘But it was Paul Weller's seductively hooky tune that propelled the record to the summit, and it was only when you listened carefully to the lyrics that you realised this was in fact a supremely angry protest song.’
    • ‘It's a fabulous record, from the string of catchy tracks that opens the album to the slower six-minute ‘Fountain Song’ and the barrage of hooky tunes composing the latter half of the disc.’
    • ‘Earlier albums were often melodic yet somehow not catchy, but focused songwriting here makes the riffs memorably hooky.’
    • ‘The new songs have strong, hooky melodies, but very personal, intimate lyrics.’
    • ‘We write very hooky, accessible tunes; we are big fans of the pop song.’

Pronunciation:

hooky

/ˈho͝okē/