Why the word “hat” is now used as a term of endearment instead of a noun

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Why does the word HOOey mean “hat”?

HOOEY The word “HOOey” originally referred to a type of cotton ball used to decorate hangers in the textile industry.

The HOOYE (pronounced “Hooey”) name came about in the late 19th century when textile manufacturers in England and the U.S. used the term to describe the flimsy cotton ball with a thick cotton backing that held a variety of fabrics.

According to Wikipedia, the word became a noun in the 1920s after it was used to describe a hat worn by women in England.

While the word may have been coined as a noun, it became an adjective in the early 1990s. HooEY