Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Mawkishly sentimental; corny.
  • adj. Slang Noticeably contrived; artificial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality
  • adj. corny; overly or unbelievably sentimental

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. artificially formal
  • adj. effusively or insincerely emotional

Etymologies

From the verb hoke ("to give an artificial feel to"), from hokum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And I'm sorry, but the reason for manually setting the bomb is just plain hokey.

    Stargate SG-1 Watchathon - 'A Matter Of Time' (S02E16)

  • BOLDUAN: It's that unity known as the hokey spirit, Haley says was the deciding factor in choosing Virginia Tech. A feeling apparently shared by many of her classmates.

    CNN Transcript Apr 13, 2008

  • On the Blacksburg campus Virginia Tech alumni organized what they are calling hokey hope day, everyone asked to wear the school colors orange and maroon.

    CNN Transcript Apr 20, 2007

  • A hokey is another name for a VERY VERY loose vagina.

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • I know a lot of people are excited about STO and the movie but in my opinion a reboot isn't necessary, and you can't really reboot the 60s Star Trek without it looking hokey, which is exactly how the trailers look.

    Gaming Nexus

  • Some have rightfully labeled this "hokey" - which in Skousen's hands it has a tendency to be sometimes.)

    FrontPage Magazine

  • I've been enjoying Andrew Breitbart's new BigHollywood group blog very much, and liked this quote, from John Nolte's commentary on the Alfred Hitchcock film Notorious, in which he takes issue with those who think its ending is "hokey":

    A recommendation from Robert J. Sawyer

  • LZ permalink the International Spy Museum was fun … kind of hokey, but fun to check everything out.

    D.C. Road Trip « Bored Mommy

  • Back to McMahon, who says that while many people might find it "hokey" to say they've lived the American Dream, she has, because she can afford to put up $16 million in teevee advertising attesting to that fact.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • There is solid psychological research supporting this step, Gawande explains -- people who know each other's names function far more effectively as a team -- but, he admits, "it felt kind of hokey to me."

    Kathryn Schulz: Check, Please: Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto

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