from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal Absence without leave; truancy: play hooky from school.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Absence from school or work.
- adj. Full of hooks.
- adj. Shaped like a hook.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of hooks; pertaining to hooks.
- n. 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 their parents. Also (figuratively and jocosely), to be absent from duty for frivolous reasons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of hooks; pertaining to hooks.
- Given to hooking: as, a hooky cow.
- n. A pupil absent from school without leave; a truant: only in the phrase to play hooky, equivalent to to play truant. Also hookey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. failure to attend (especially school)
Perhaps from hook it, to make off.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)