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hook

noun \ ˈhu̇k \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of hook

1 a :a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling
b :something intended to attract and ensnare
c :anchor 1
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
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
10 :cradle 1b(2)
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

Examples of hook in a Sentence

  1. She hit a hook into the left rough.

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

Recent Examples of hook from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hook

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

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hook

verb

Definition of hook

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

Examples of hook in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of hook from the Web

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First Known Use of hook

13th century



HOOK Defined for English Language Learners

hook

noun

Definition of hook for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of hook for English Language Learners

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

  • : to be attached by hooks

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


HOOK Defined for Kids

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hook

noun \ ˈhu̇k \

Definition of hook for Students

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.

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hook

verb

Definition of hook for Students

hooked; hooking
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 1
  • She hooked the hose to the faucet.

Medical Dictionary

hook

noun \ ˈhu̇k \

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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