[hoh-kee-poh-kee] /ˈhoʊ kiˈpoʊ ki/
ice cream as formerly sold by street vendors.
another word for hocus-pocus (sense 1), hocus-pocus (sense 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 comic song (Hokey Pokey Whankey Fong) that was popular c.1830. Applied especially to cheap ice cream sold by street vendors (1884), in Philadelphia, and perhaps other places, it meant shaved ice with artificial flavoring. The words also were the title of a Weber-Fields musical revue from 1912. The modern dance song of that name hit the U.S. in 1950 (“Life” described it Nov. 27, 1950, as “a tuneless stomp that is now sweeping the U.C.L.A. campus”), but it is said to have originated in Britain in World War II, perhaps from a Canadian source.
: It might sound weird or hokey pokey, but it works
: candy bars on the hokey-pokey counter
[fr an earlier sense of hokey-pokey, ”cheat, swindle,” ultimately fr hocus-pocus; the ice cream is said to have been named in Italian, O, che poco, a child’s cry at the paucity of the portion]
/ˈhɒkiː/ noun (pl) hoki 1. an edible saltwater fish, Macruronus novaezeelandiae, of southern New Zealand waters
[hoh-kyahng; Chinese huh-gyahng] /ˈhoʊˈkyɑŋ; Chinese ˈhʌˈgyɑŋ/ noun 1. Older Spelling. .
adjective corny and contrived, fake and melodramatic, insincerely emotional; also written hokey noun an emasculated turkey Usage Note slang
[hohk] /hoʊk/ verb (used with object), hoked, hoking. 1. 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. noun 2. . /həʊk/ verb 1. (transitive) usually foll by up. to overplay (a part, etc) often hoke […]