verb (used with object), hoked, hoking.
to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value (usually followed by up):
a political speech hoked up with phony statistics.
(transitive) usually foll by up. to overplay (a part, etc)
often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.
(also hoke up) To make fun of; treat insincerely; overplay: But don’t hoke it too hard, Beatrice/ It’s all right to hoke the incident, but not the theme/ Halaby hoked up a special ceremony (1935+)
adjective False; dishonestly confected; phony: hoked-up or fictionalized biographies/ a zest for hoked-up violence (1940s+)
[hoh-kee] /ˈhoʊ ki/ adjective, hokier, hokiest. 1. overly sentimental; mawkish: Two glasses of wine and he gets unbearably hokey; it’s hard to believe he’s a highly paid executive! Synonyms: corny, maudlin, melodramatic, cloying, goopy, mushy. 2. obviously contrived, especially to win popular appeal or support; phony: The hokey stories of his impoverished childhood always surface […]
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[hoh-kee-poh-kee] /ˈhoʊ kiˈpoʊ ki/ noun 1. hocus-pocus; trickery. 2. ice cream as formerly sold by street vendors. /ˌhəʊkɪˈpəʊkɪ/ noun 1. another word for hocus-pocus (sense 1), hocus-pocus (sense 2) 2. (NZ) a brittle toffee sold in lumps 1847, “false cheap material,” perhaps an alteration of hocus-pocus, or from the nonsense chorus and title of a […]