Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hootchy-kootchy n.

also hoochee-coochee, -koochee, hoochie-coochie, -koochie, hoochy-coochy, -koochy, hootchie-kootch(ie), houchee kouchee
[ety. unknown; perhaps no more than a showman’s idea of an ‘exotic’ or ‘Oriental’ name, the vowels of which suggest the sinuous gyrations of the dancer]

1. (orig. US, also hooch-ama-cooch, hoochy jerky) a form of highly suggestive belly-dance, usu. performed at carnivals.

[US]F.P. Dunne Mr Dooley in Peace and War 18: He’s seen th’ hootchy-kootchy an’ th’ Pammer House barber shop.
[US]Austin’s Hawaiian Wkly (Honolulu) 25 Dec. 6/1: The Hooche Kooche isn’t in it with this one. I never was so embarrassed in all my life.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 20 Oct. 3/1: [She] was going through the gyrations of a couchee-couchee dance.
J. Pettibone Lodge Goat 268: Und some von yell, ‘Rous mit der Dootch,’ Und den det band played ‘Ootchee Kootch’ .
[US]F.P. Dunne Mr Dooley’s Opinions 133: F’r wan man that goes to a wurruld’s fair to see how boots is made, they’se twinty goes to see th’ hootchy-kootchy.
[US]Cincinnati Enquirer 1 May 6/5: And the peacherines from Turkey, In the dance you learned to like, We will see the hoochy jerky When we all come down The Pike [DA].
[US]Jelly Roll Morton ‘Animule Dance’ 🎵 The tiger did the mooch; / The elephant did the hooch-ama-cooch.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 137: If you see [...] a new building doin’ the hoochee-coochee an’ sheddin’ its cornices, [...] you know just what’s up nothing but a little stick dynamite handled careless.
[US]J. Washburn Und. Sewer 190: A girl is found who can supply their demand, and whether it be a jig or a rag, or a hoochee-koochee, it amuses them.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day By Day 19 Jan. [synd. col.] It is only a short step from the hootchie-kootchie to Symbolic Art.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day By Day 22 Sept. [synd. col.] The Hawaian hula-hula dance was at first looked upon as a refined hoochee koochee affair, but now it is taken seriously.
[US]H. Asbury Gangs of N.Y. 179: In more recent years the cancan has given way to the hoochy-coochy and other forms of muscle dancing.
[US]Time 25 July 13/1: Musicians swung informally into The Hootchy-Kootchy, Little Egypt’s tune at the 1893 World’s Fair [DA].
[US](con. late 19C) S. Longstreet Wilder Shore 137: The Plaisance besides playing some of the earliest New Orleans jass (later spelled jazz) with its usual ragtime, became the headquarters of the hoochy-koochy, a dance of shakers and twitchers.
[UK]Sun. Times Rev. 21 Aug. 29: The virtuoso of the hootchy-kootchy. His one speciality is an accentuated movement of the body that heretofore has been primarily identified with the repertoire of the blond bombshells of the burlesque runway.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 71: Doing the hootchie-kootchie on a tabletop in black stockings and a garter belt.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 13: The hootchie-kootch she put on burned holes in the back of my eyeballs. She began her hump-and-grind real slow.

2. (also hooch, hoochie, hoochiekoo, hootchy, hootchy-kooch) attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]Irving Jones ‘Get Your Money’s Worth’ 🎵 Now darkies prance, do the Houchee Kouchee dance, do the Bumba-Shay go the other way.
[US]F.P. Dunne Mr Dooley in Peace and War 23: He’ll be settin’ up there undher a pa’am-three [...] an’ hootchy-kootchy girls dancin’ befure him.
[US]G.V. Hobart Jim Hickey 84: We could make sandwich money in front of a hootchy-kooch palace, barking at the Rubes .
[US]Cosmopolitan Jan. 231/2: Hit up the hoochie music, you Black-Handers [DA].
[US]Dab Book (Chicago) 28 Aug. n.p.: ‘Walkin’ the dog’, the new hoochy-koochy tango that the North Shore sassiety folks stole from th ‘black and tan’ cabarets of South State street.
[US]J. Tully Jarnegan (1928) 195: The operator of the hootchie-kootchie show.
[US]K. Nicholson Barker I i: Oh, she’s a hooch-dancer – Princess Kalima. And a friend of your daddy’s. (Pointedly.) A very special friend, you might say].
[US]E. Caldwell Bastard (1963) 13: She was a hoochie-coochie dancer.
[US]F.S. Fitzgerald Tender is Night (1953 rev. edn) 273: There was the sound of a whining, tinkling hootchy-kootchy show.
[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 27 Apr. [synd. col.] Mary Niklas, a Detroit deb once, will ‘Little Egypt’ in the hoochee-koochee show at the fair’s Crystal Palace.
[US]W. Winchell 4 June [synd. col.] The Greenwich Village hoochy-koochy dancer, who calls herself Belle Button.
[US]J.E. Dadswell Hey, Sucker 97: kutch ... hoochie-koochie attraction.
Denver Post 20 Feb. 18/3: Wearing his false forms and wig, Cook joined a carnival show in Tennessee as a ‘hootchy’ dancer [DA].
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 480: The hoochie-coochie dancer of the big city dances alone.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 314: Pull up her petticoat, / Pull down her pants, / Did you ever see a nigger / Do the hoochy-koochy dance? [Ibid.] 418: With his hand on his pecker and his pecker in his pants, / He watched the little girlies do the hoochy-koochy dance.
[US]Kerouac On The Road (1972) 224: We [...] headed straight for North Clark Street [...] to see the hootchy-kootchy joints and hear the bop.
[US]L. Bangs in Psychotic Reactions (1988) 124: Angie and Harold cruise out on the midway and stop to watch the hoochiekoo dancer.

3. (US, also hoochie) sexual activity.

[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 212: She beat me for two days straight ’cause she caught me doing the hoochie coochie. I was in Miss Joanne Robinson room [...] I wasn’t having sex. He was just grinding.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Hoochie [...] 3. (verb) Kissing or making out.