\ ˈhu̇kt , sense 1 is also ˈhu̇-kəd \

Definition of hooked 

1 : having the form of a hook

2 : provided with a hook

3 : made by hooking a hooked rug

4a : addicted to narcotics

b : fascinated by or devoted to something

Examples of hooked in a Sentence

Her friends talked her into playing golf, and now she's hooked.

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Some people, once they're hooked on the Egg as a piece of cookware, then get hooked on the community of other enthusiasts. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Big Green Eggs: A cult or a cooking method?," 6 July 2018 For those players, like myself, who’ve become hooked on the battle royale genre, Playground represents a break in the game’s monotonous cycle. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The future of Fortnite may look a lot like Playground mode," 11 July 2018 Winfrey became hooked on the eatery's message, goals and food after an introduction from friend and health expert Bob Greene. Joelle Goldstein, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oprah Winfrey Invests in Healthy Restaurant Chain True Food Kitchen," 11 July 2018 Private-equity investors, known for their jet-setting ways of landing deals, have become hooked on the air transport business. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Private Equity Makes Leasing Planes a Hot Commodity," 4 July 2018 Certain teens more likely to get hooked on opioids Opioids no better than common painkillers for treating chronic pain, study finds What plastic buckets? Julie Appleby, chicagotribune.com, "Doling out pain pills post-surgery: An ingrown toenail not the same as a bypass," 27 June 2018 The turtles look like miniature dinosaurs, with beady eyes on either side of their heads, ghastly hooked beaks and shells dotted with prehistoric-looking spikes. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Missing a finger? This man just found one — inside a snapping turtle, Louisiana cops say," 13 June 2018 Peri Gilpin has cigarette machines to thank for getting her hooked. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Old Globe's 'Native Gardens' puts a comic twist on a fight over fences," 24 May 2018 The new owners are Molly McKnight, who previously worked as a part-time instructor at Pure Barre, and her neighbor, Amanda French-Greenwood, who became hooked on the exercise method when McKnight encouraged her to try a class. Julia Preszler, BostonGlobe.com, "Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of hooked

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

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English Language Learners Definition of hooked

: shaped like a hook

: addicted to a drug

: very interested in and enthusiastic about something


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Kids Definition of hooked

1 : shaped like or provided with a hook a hooked beak

2 : fascinated by or fond of something He's hooked on computer games.

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