As nouns the difference between hooky and hooka
is that hooky
is absence from school or work while hooka
As an adjective hooky
is full of hooks.
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.
Absence from school or work.
- Let’s play hooky and leave school to go to the mall.
* play hooky
Full of hooks.
Shaped like a hook.