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hooky (n.)

also hookey, in the truant sense, 1848, American English (New York City), only in the phrase play hooky; from Dutch hoekje "hide and seek;" or else from hook it, attested since 14c. as "make off, run away," originally "depart, proceed."

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Definitions of hooky from WordNet

hooky (n.)
failure to attend (especially school);
Synonyms: truancy
From wordnet.princeton.edu