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)
I must confess that I came away feeling a bit ashamed to be a member of the media and journalism tribe (even as I played hooky from the Online News Association's annual confab uptown).
We've got footage of a mountain lion attacking a doe, a sea-lion on the interstate, and the best lies to use for playing hooky from the office.
Playing hooky, in other words, sits on a paradox in which you are parent and child at the same time.
A Republican state lawmaker from Baytown has filed a bill that would charge parents of public school students with a Class C misdemeanor and fine them for playing hooky from a scheduled parent-teacher conference.
Gruden playing hooky is more about getting a day away from the endless "so what will it be like to play your old team?" questions then it is about schooling his former assistant.
Had not read this in decades and was struck by how it was not "hooky" or "elevator pitch-able" or anything like that.
I played "hooky" with my soon to be thirteen-year old daughter.
To finish up the day I played "hooky" from work today as I was a bit under the weather with a stomach virus I listened to some of my favorite podcasts from the University of Houston in a series called "Engines of Our Ingenuity".
After reading the first posted hooks, I panicked and took out the vital decision part because it didn't sound 'hooky' enough: save a bully's family at the risk of losing her soul mate or deny her visions and secure her own happiness.
To wit: go for it, especially since your writerly heart tells you this opening sex scene lends structural integrity to the story as a whole, beyond mere "hooky" but otherwise peripheral titillation value.