Origin of hookyprobably from Dutch hoeckje, hide-and-seek from Middle Dutch hoec (from source Dutch hoek), corner (hence, to hide around a corner): see hook
Origin of hookyPerhaps from hook it to make off
Attested in 1848 in New York City. Most likely from Dutch hoekje ("nook, corner; but also 'spot to hide' in hide-and-go-seek"). Formerly, "hoekje spelen" could be used to mean "to play hide-and-go-seek", though the common term for the game nowadays is verstoppertje.
(comparative hookier, superlative hookiest)
- Full of hooks.
- Shaped like a hook.
From hook + -y