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noun \ˈhu̇k\

Simple Definition of hook

  • : a curved or bent tool for catching, holding, or pulling something

  • : a ball or shot in golf and other games that curves to the side instead of going straight

  • boxing : a punch coming from the side of the body instead of going straight forward

Full Definition of hook

  1. 1 a :  a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling b :  something intended to attract and ensnare c :  anchor 1

  2. 2 :  something curved or bent like a hook; especially plural :  fingers

  3. 3 :  a flight or course of a ball that deviates from straight in a direction opposite to the dominant hand of the player propelling it; also :  a ball following such a course — compare slice

  4. 4 :  a short blow delivered with a circular motion by a boxer while the elbow remains bent and rigid

  5. 5 :  hook shot

  6. 6 :  buttonhook

  7. 7 :  quick or summary removal —used with get or give <the pitcher got the hook after giving up three runs>

  8. 8 :  a device especially in music or writing that catches the attention

  9. 9 :  a selling point or marketing scheme

  10. 10 :  cradle 1b(2)

by hook or by crook
  1. :  by any means

off the hook
  1. 1 :  out of trouble

  2. 2 :  free of responsibility or accountability

on one's own hook
  1. :  by oneself :  independently

Examples of hook

  1. She hit a hook into the left rough.

  2. He threw a right hook to his opponent's body.

Origin of hook

Middle English, from Old English hōc; akin to Middle Dutch hoec fishhook, corner, Lithuanian kengė hook

First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

Rhymes with hook




Simple Definition of hook

  • : to connect or attach (something) with a hook

  • : to be attached by hooks

  • : to catch (something, such as a fish) with a hook

Full Definition of hook

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form into a hook :  crook

  3. 2 a :  to seize or make fast by or as if by a hook b :  to connect by or as if by a hook —often used with up

  4. 3 :  steal, pilfer

  5. 4 :  to make (as a rug) by drawing loops of yarn, thread, or cloth through a coarse fabric with a hook

  6. 5 :  to hit or throw (a ball) so that a hook results

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to form a hook :  curve

  9. 2 :  to become hooked

  10. 3 :  to work as a prostitute

Examples of hook

  1. The train cars were hooked together.

  2. My sweater was hooked on a branch.

  3. I hooked the door shut.

  4. The dress hooks in the back.

  5. The two parts hooked together.

  6. He hooked a large fish.

  7. He hooked his arm around my neck.

  8. She hooked her fingers around the doorknob.

  9. He hooked his thumb through a loop of his pants.

13th Century

First Known Use of hook

13th century

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈhu̇k\

Medical Definition of hook

  1. 1:  an instrument used in surgery to take hold of tissue <a crypt hook> <a cordotomy hook>

  2. 2:  an anatomical part that resembles a hook

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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