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

The answer is crucial because these younger savers are on the hook to pay for more of their retirements than their parents or grandparents. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "For young investors, jumpy market presents first big test," 28 Jan. 2019 No, the phones were ringing off the hook for a career backup who could realistically be described as the worst hitter in more than a century. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "One of the Worst Hitters in Baseball History Is Now a Hot Commodity," 25 Feb. 2019 The interesting hook with the Vive Pro Eye is the inclusion of eye-tracking. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC reveals two new VR headsets, the untethered Vive Cosmos and gaze-tracking Vive Pro Eye," 7 Jan. 2019 Asus will still have to pay $74.4 million, Denon and Marantz will pay $9 million, Philips owes $34.9 million, and Pioneer is on the hook for $11.9 million. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Asus, Philips, and others fined for price fixing in Europe," 24 July 2018 To our surprise, the kids don’t accept our offer to let them off the hook. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 Blackout also adds quite a few features from the main multiplayer mode, including mechanical grappling hooks, deployable shields, and RC cars for remote scouting. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Black Ops 4 merges Fortnite and PUBG into the best Call of Duty in years," 19 Oct. 2018 Curry trains his eyes on the hooks that connect the hoop to the net and thinks about arcing the ball over them. 5. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Steph Curry's MasterClass basically turned me into an honorary Splash Brother," 8 June 2018 The stickbaits can be fished unweighted on lightweight hooks and allowed to drift down into the remaining beds, while the more conventional worms like the Strike King Rage Tail do well with just a bit of weight, Texas rigged. Joe Songer, AL.com, "See video of a turkey hunter calling up a bobcat," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the caption, Berry explains that Thomas recently introduced her to the tool, and she’s now hooked, using it for a variety of exercises, including strength training, cardio, and plyometric moves. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is the Bulgarian Bag? All About Halle Berry’s New Favorite Strength Training Tool," 6 Mar. 2019 But the company is currently in hot water for helping drive an epidemic of teen vaping, which public health officials worry has hooked a new generation on nicotine — and potentially cigarettes too. Julia Belluz, Vox, "$1.3 million: the average bonus Juul employees get after a deal with a cigarette maker," 20 Dec. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW With a smooth, steady lifting of the rod and a quick snap of the wrist, the chunky blue was hooked, played and landed on its final journey as the guest of honor at a fish fry. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Hot weather cats: Choke Canyon angling kicks into summer mode," 5 July 2018 Social networks spread discord and hate across our politics, a myriad of addictive devices hook us in and then drive us apart, and new technologies like artificial intelligence, automation and robotics could mean vast changes across our workplace. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Turn and face the change: Recode and Vox.com are partnering," 1 Nov. 2018 Rowson hooked sensors up to the soccer headbands and slipped them on a pair of crash test dummies at Virginia Tech’s helmet lab, which has tested various football helmets for pro and collegiate teams. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Protect My Head? Soccer Pros Shrug and Carry On," 15 June 2018 In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was hooked by a chain to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 7 June 2018 Jacobs wanted to hook Brock up with a cousin in Sacramento who was in the recording business. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Adoptive mother mourns musical son's death as murder charges filed in 7-Eleven killing | The Kansas City Star," 29 Apr. 2018 Her real drug—the one that hooked her—was the promise of a new identity. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "When Your Daughter Defies Biology," 6 Jan. 2019

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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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