hook

noun
\ ˈhu̇k How to pronounce hook (audio) \

Definition of hook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling
b : something intended to attract and ensnare
2 : something curved or bent like a hook especially hooks plural : fingers
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 : a short blow delivered with a circular motion by a boxer while the elbow remains bent and rigid
5 : hook shot
7 : quick or summary removal used with get or give the pitcher got the hook after giving up three runs
8 : a device especially in music or writing that catches the attention
9 : a selling point or marketing scheme
by hook or by crook
: by any means
off the hook
1 : out of trouble
2 : free of responsibility or accountability
on one's own hook
: by oneself : independently

hook

verb
hooked; hooking; hooks

Definition of hook (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into a hook : crook
2a : 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
3 : steal, pilfer
4 : to make (something, such as a rug) by drawing loops of yarn, thread, or cloth through a coarse fabric with a hook
5 : to hit or throw (a ball) so that a hook results

intransitive verb

1 : to form a hook : curve
2 : to become hooked
3 : to work as a prostitute

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hook

Synonyms: Noun

bang, bash, bat, beat, belt, biff, blow, bop, box, buffet, bust, chop, clap, clip, clout, crack, cuff, dab, douse [British], fillip, hack, haymaker, hit, knock, larrup [dialect], lash, lick, pelt, pick, plump, poke, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slug, smack, smash, sock, spank, stinger, stripe, stroke, swat, swipe, switch, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, welt, whack, wham, whop (also whap)

Synonyms: Verb

arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, swerve

Antonyms: Verb

straighten, unbend, uncurl

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Examples of hook in a Sentence

Noun

She hit a hook into the left rough. He threw a right hook to his opponent's body.

Verb

The train cars were hooked together. My sweater was hooked on a branch. I hooked the door shut. The dress hooks in the back. The two parts hooked together. He hooked a large fish. He hooked his arm around my neck. She hooked her fingers around the doorknob. He hooked his thumb through a loop of his pants.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For hanging things like a collar or leash, opt for man's other best friend: detachable hooks. Maya Mcdowell, Good Housekeeping, "How to Create the Multipurpose Entryway of Your Dreams," 17 May 2019 Convoy began testing drop-and-hook service in 2017 and says carriers in its marketplace increased their productivity by up to 50%. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Digital Freight Brokers Turn Physical With Truck Equipment Pools," 15 May 2019 Microsoft’s tinkering with core system components have recently caused other headaches with software that sinks deep hooks into your operating system. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed," 19 Apr. 2019 Her flow is captivating, quick and light like the ticking hand of a clock or a boxer working away at the bag, slugging it with a knockout hook every few beats. Vogue, "Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Hop Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 Russian scientists are not letting Poroskov off the hook. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019 For years, she's seen her phone ring off the hook after her interiors appeared in magazines, as readers called to ask where to buy every feature in the room, from the curtains to a vase that's barely peeking out from the edge of a photo. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Designers' Most Iconic Looks in Your Own Home," 14 Mar. 2019 Other users joked that Tristan seemed off the hook since Khloé didn't call him out on social media after his scandal with Jordyn and after he was linked to other women in the days leading up to the birth of baby True last year. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Calls BS on Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview and Twitter Claps Back," 1 Mar. 2019 Writing vocal hooks, especially melodies for all my songs, is my favorite thing to do. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sigrid Plans to Be Around for a Long Time," 11 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ambassador tried to hook Banks up with a deal to consolidate Russian gold mines. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Arron Banks: The brash British millionaire who backed Brexit, befriended the Russian ambassador and loves Trump," 30 June 2018 These new Tamagotchis have nicer screens and more than three buttons, but more importantly, they’re hooked into much more elaborate guilt trips. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, "My Tamagotchi is everything that went wrong with our future," 17 June 2018 Arthur David Burrow became pinned at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday while trying to hook the camper to a pickup truck at Tamarac Marina Campground, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "He asked his wife to back their truck up 'just a bit.' It killed him, deputies say," 14 June 2018 Running back Matt Jones, who is trying to hook on with the Eagles despite a sudden crowd at that position, hasn’t been lucky with the circumstances of his career. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Matt Jones is running for his football life with Eagles | Bob Ford," 7 June 2018 Captain Brian Gionta may try to hook on with an NHL team. Adam Kilgore, Anchorage Daily News, "Blanked by the Czechs in a shootout, US men’s hockey team is out of the Olympics," 21 Feb. 2018 Both of those engines are hooked to Ford's excellent ten-speed automatic, which was codeveloped with GM and is showing up in its vehicles, too. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Diesel Truck Battle (Non-HD): F-150 Diesel Vs. Nissan Titan XD," 25 Jan. 2019 With Bitcoin’s blockchain database, the ledger is kept and updated communally by all the computers that are hooked into the Bitcoin network. New York Times, "Confused About Blockchains? Here’s What You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 Fast-forward a few years later to my current job as a market editor, and I'm hooked on the iconic brand. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Dermalogica Is 20 Percent Off Right Now and I Want Everything," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of hook

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hook

Noun

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

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hook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hook

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hook (Entry 2 of 2)

: to connect or attach (something) with a hook
: to be attached by hooks
: to catch (something, such as a fish) with a hook

hook

noun
\ ˈhu̇k How to pronounce hook (audio) \

Kids Definition of hook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a curved device (as a piece of bent metal) for catching, holding, or pulling something coat hook crochet hook
2 : something curved or bent like a hook a hook of land
by hook or by crook
: in any way : fairly or unfairly She's determined to get her way by hook or by crook.

hook

verb
hooked; hooking

Kids Definition of hook (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bend in the shape of a hook He hooked his thumbs in his belt.
2 : to catch or fasten with a hook I hooked a fish.
3 : connect sense 1 She hooked the hose to the faucet.

hook

noun
\ ˈhu̇k How to pronounce hook (audio) \

Medical Definition of hook

1 : an instrument used in surgery to take hold of tissue a crypt hook a cordotomy hook
2 : an anatomical part that resembles a hook

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