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Top definition. Skipping school or work. Play hooky , 'be absent from school without an excuse', is an Americanism first recorded around Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms gives this slightly later example: "He moped to school gloomy and sad, and took his flogging, along with Joe Harper , for playing hookey the day before.
The Dutch word hoek means 'corner'-- the boys in 17th-century New Amsterdam played this game around the corners of the street. Hide-and-seek was a different game back then--the players had to search for a hidden object. Although play hooky originally referred to the game of hide-and-seek, it also had other meanings in the 17th and 18th centuries. It wasn't until the 19th century that schoolchildren began using play hooky to mean 'skip school. These derivations are unlikely-- the Random House Dictionary of American Slang points out that the term hook it was not used in the United States until after Play hooky was originally slang, but now, of course, it's standard English.
But you're right in noting that the term isn't used very much anymore. It's a beautiful day today. I feel like playing hooky. Aug 6 Word of the Day. To leave work early, disregarding the status of any project that is currently needing attention. The employee's escape is similar to Fred sliding down the dinosaur's tail in the opening credits of The Flintstones. How 'bout that Bob. Playing hooky. Skipping or ditching school. I was playing hooky the other day. Aug 6 trending 1. Watermelon Sugar 2. Ghetto Spread 3. Girls who eat carrots 4.
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