Origin of pookaIrish púca from Old Irish probably from Old English pūca goblin
From Old Irish pÃºca (“goblin, sprite").
- A convenient storage location or hiding spot created by the arrangement or form of surrounding objects
(third-person singular simple present pookas, present participle pookaing, simple past and past participle pookaed)
- The act of storing an object in a pooka
Incorporated from Hawaiian into English by sailors in the US Navy as a name for a place (especially aboard a ship) to store or hide objects, or the action of storing an object in such a place.