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hokey

1. Clearly contrived. "Hokey" comes from "hokum," which can refer either to nonsense or to trite and mawkish content in a creative work. That was such a hokey plot twist—it felt totally unearned.
2. Overly sentimental or trite. It's just some hokey romantic comedy—I understand if you don't want to see it.
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hokey

(ˈhoki)
mod. contrived; phony; ill conceived. (see also hocus.) That’s a pretty hokey idea, but it may work.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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