sky·​hook ˈskī-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce skyhook (audio)
: a hook conceived as being suspended from the sky

Examples of skyhook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had the skyhook. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Following a turnover on its first possession, UAB evens the score on a Ty Brewer layup and takes a 4-2 lead with a skyhook from Trey Jemison. Evan Dudley, al, 22 Mar. 2023 The last time the NBA’s all-time scoring record changed hands was a little less than four decades ago, when Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slung a skyhook over the Utah Jazz. Robert O'Connell, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2023 Not everybody was overly familiar with the Hall of Fame center and his famous skyhook. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2023 The big moment: On April 5, 1984 against Utah, the 7-2 Abdul-Jabbar made a 10-foot skyhook over 7-4 Jazz center Mark Eaton to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2023 Johni Broome scored his 21st point on a skyhook making the score 68-57. al, 4 Jan. 2023 Brandon Huntley-Hatfield woke him up early after bullying the Brooklyn native in the paint for an easy skyhook. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 31 Dec. 2022 In their first game together, Kareem won it on a skyhook in the final seconds. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skyhook was in 1915

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“Skyhook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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