Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Mawkishly sentimental; corny.
  • adjective Noticeably contrived; artificial.

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

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  • adjective artificially formal
  • adjective effusively or insincerely emotional

Etymologies

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • See pokey.

    July 4, 2009