Definitions for hokeyˈhoʊ ki

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word hokey

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hok•eyˈhoʊ ki(adj.)hok•i•er, hok•i•est.

  1. cloyingly sentimental; mawkish.

  2. contrived in an obvious way.

Origin of hokey:

1915–25; irreg. hok (um ) + -y1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bathetic, drippy, hokey, maudlin, mawkish, kitschy, mushy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, soppy, soupy, slushy(adj)

    effusively or insincerely emotional

    "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"

  2. artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted(adj)

    artificially formal

    "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"


  1. hokey(Adjective)

    phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality

  2. hokey(Adjective)

    corny; overly or unbelievably sentimental

  3. Origin: From the verb hoke, from hokum.

Translations for hokey


Find a translation for the hokey definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these hokey definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"hokey." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for hokey?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for hokey: