Play hooky

Idiom

Play Hooky

Definition

Play Hooky is an idiom that means to deliberately miss work, school, or any other obligation in order to do something more enjoyable.

Examples

I heard that Jack played hooky from school yesterday to go to the beach.

The teacher knew Mary was playing hooky when she was not in class.

Origin

The origin of the phrase ‘play hooky’ is unknown, but is thought to have been first used in the late 1700s.

FAQs

What does ‘play hooky’ mean?

To play hooky is to deliberately miss work, school, or any other obligation in order to do something more enjoyable.

Where does the phrase ‘play hooky’ come from?

The origin of the phrase ‘play hooky’ is unknown, but is thought to have been first used in the late 1700s.