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Dictionary Definition

hokey adj
1 effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressons of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry" [syn: bathetic, drippy, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, slushy]
2 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" [syn: artificial, contrived, stilted]

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  1. of obviously flimsy credibility or quality
    • When asked for his book report, Chad came up a series of hokier and hokier excuses, until he finally admitted that he hadn't done it all.
    • I thought the bargain priced windshield wiper blades were a little hokey when I saw their cheap packaging, but when they flew off the end of the wiper during a rainstorm, I knew for sure.
  2. overly or unbelievably sentimental
    • Terry hated going to the cinema with Pat, as Pat always chose hokey romantic comedies that made Terry want to gag.


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Extensive Definition

Hokey can refer to:
  • Handover Keying technologies addressing seamless migration of secure wireless connections from one network to another.
  • The name of a particular House-elf in the fictional Harry Potter series
  • A misspelling of Hokie, the mascot of Virginia Tech
  • Hokey Wolf, a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character.

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