Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A curved or sharply bent device, usually of metal, used to catch, drag, suspend, or fasten something else.
  • n. A fishhook.
  • n. Something shaped like a hook, especially:
  • n. A curved or barbed plant or animal part.
  • n. A short angled or curved line on a letter.
  • n. A sickle.
  • n. A sharp bend or curve, as in a river.
  • n. A point or spit of land with a sharply curved end.
  • n. A means of catching or ensnaring; a trap.
  • n. Slang A means of attracting interest or attention; an enticement: a sales hook.
  • n. Music Slang A catchy motif or refrain: "sugary hard rock melodies [and] ear candy hooks” ( Boston Globe).
  • n. Sports A short swinging blow in boxing delivered with a crooked arm.
  • n. Sports The course of a ball that curves in a direction away from the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the left of a right-handed player.
  • n. Sports A stroke that sends a ball on such a course.
  • n. Sports A ball propelled on such a course.
  • n. Sports In surfing, the lip of a breaking wave.
  • n. Baseball A curve ball.
  • n. Basketball A hook shot.
  • transitive v. To catch, suspend, or connect with a hook.
  • transitive v. Informal To snare.
  • transitive v. Slang To steal; snatch. See Synonyms at steal.
  • transitive v. To fasten by or as if by a hook.
  • transitive v. To pierce or gore with or as if with a hook.
  • transitive v. Slang To take strong hold of; captivate: a novel that hooked me on the very first page.
  • transitive v. Slang To cause to become addicted.
  • transitive v. To make (a rug) by looping yarn through canvas with a type of hook.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit with a hook in boxing.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit (a golf ball) in a hook.
  • transitive v. Baseball To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
  • transitive v. Basketball To shoot (a ball) in a hook shot.
  • transitive v. Sports To impede the progress of (an opponent in ice hockey) by holding or restraining the player with one's stick, in violation of the rules.
  • intransitive v. To bend like a hook.
  • intransitive v. To fasten by means of a hook or a hook and eye.
  • intransitive v. Slang To work as a prostitute.
  • hook up To assemble or wire (a mechanism).
  • hook up To connect a mechanism and a source of power.
  • hook up To meet or associate: We agreed to hook up after class. He hooked up with the wrong crowd.
  • hook up To become romantically or sexually involved with someone.
  • hook up To marry or get married.
  • idiom by hook or by crook By whatever means possible, fair or unfair.
  • idiom get the hook Slang To be unceremoniously dismissed or terminated.
  • idiom hook, line, and sinker Informal Without reservation; completely: swallowed the excuse hook, line, and sinker.
  • idiom off the hook Informal Freed, as from blame or a vexatious obligation: let me off the hook with a mild reprimand.
  • idiom on (one's) own hook By one's own efforts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.
  • n. A fishhook, a barbed metal hook used for fishing.
  • n. Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook
  • n. A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, e.g. g and j.
  • n. A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song.
  • n. A brief, punchy opening statement intended to draw the reader or viewer into a book or play.
  • n. Removal or expulsion from a group or activity.
  • n. A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, often played to balls which bounce around head height.
  • n. A curveball.
  • n. A feature, definition, or coding that enables future enhancements to happen compatibly or more easily.
  • n. A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. See draw, slice, fade
  • n. A basketball shot in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Also called hook shot.
  • n. A type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc.
  • n. A jack (the playing card)
  • n. A háček.
  • n. An instance of playing a word perpendicular to a word already on the board, adding a letter to the start or the end of the word to form a new word.
  • n. A ball that is rolled in a curved line.
  • n. A finesse.
  • v. To attach a hook to.
  • v. To catch with a hook (hook a fish).
  • v. To ensnare someone, as if with a hook.
  • v. To connect (hook into, hook together).
  • v. To make addicted; to captivate.
  • v. To play a hook shot.
  • v. To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player)
  • v. To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.
  • v. To engage in prostitution.
  • v. To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.
  • v. To finesse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything
  • n. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
  • n. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.
  • n. See Eccentric, and V-hook.
  • n. A snare; a trap.
  • n. A field sown two years in succession.
  • n. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; -- called also hook bones.
  • n. A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end.
  • n. The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball; in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer who struck the ball.
  • n. A procedure within the encoding of a computer program which allows the user to modify the program so as to import data from or export data to other programs.
  • intransitive v. To bend; to curve as a hook.
  • intransitive v. To move or go with a sudden turn
  • transitive v. To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize, capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice; to entrap; to catch
  • transitive v. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
  • transitive v. To steal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten with a hook or hooks; catch or seize with or as if with a hook: as, to hook a trout.
  • To attack with the horns; catch on the horns: as, to be hooked by a cow.
  • To catch by artifice; entrap; insnare.
  • To steal by grasping; catch up and make off with.
  • To attach by means of a hook, literally or figuratively.
  • To bend; be in or take the form of a hook.
  • To become attached by means of a hook, or something resembling a hook: as, a chain that hooks on to the watch.
  • To have a habit of attacking with the horns: said of a cow or other horned animal.
  • To turn away; depart; decamp: now (transitively) with an indefinite it, as a slang phrase.
  • [That is, ‘All the heap (fleet) together hooked out of haven, had the wind at their back.’]
  • In golf, to play (a ball) so that it curves more or less to the left.
  • In cricket, to hit (the ball) to the ‘on’ side with a horizontal bat, after stepping back: said of the batsman.
  • n. A curved or angular piece of metal or other firm substance, either separate or forming part of another object, adapted to catch, hold, pull down, or sustain something: as, a fish-hook; the hook of a gate-hinge; a pothook; a crochet-hook; a cotton-hook; a car-hook; the hooks of the teasel.
  • n. A curved instrument for cutting grass or grain; a sickle, especially one with a broad blade and a smooth edge; an instrument for cutting or lopping.
  • n. A projecting point or spit of land on the sea- or lake-coast, which ends with a recurved or hook-shaped form: as, Sandy Hook, near New York.
  • n. In musical notation, a pennant attached to the stem of eighth-notes, sixteenth-notes, etc.: as, Also called flag.
  • n. One of the projecting points of the thigh-bones of cattle. Also called hook-bone.
  • n. In ship-building, same as breast-hook.
  • n. That which catches; a snare; a trap.
  • n. A catch; an advantage.
  • n. In agriculture, a field sown two years in succession.
  • n. Disordered; disturbed; sick.
  • n. Out of existence; dead.
  • n. In golf: The angle of the face of a club when it lies in to the ball.
  • n. A ball played with a distinct curve to the left.
  • n. In cricket, the hook-stroke (which see).
  • n. A curved or angled line added to a written or printed letter, or forming apart of it, or, as in phonography, used as a distinct symbol.
  • n. In well-boring, a fishing-tool in the form of a horizontally curved hook which engages the shoulder of rods or tools that may have become unscrewed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
  • n. a catch for locking a door
  • v. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  • v. approach with an offer of sexual favors
  • n. a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
  • v. catch with a hook
  • v. take by theft
  • v. entice and trap
  • v. fasten with a hook
  • n. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
  • n. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
  • v. make off with belongings of others
  • v. hit with a hook
  • v. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
  • v. hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
  • v. secure with the foot
  • n. anything that serves as an enticement
  • v. make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle
  • n. a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
  • n. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

Etymologies

Middle English hok, from Old English hōc; see keg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hoke, from Old English hōc, from Proto-Germanic *hōkaz (cf. West Frisian/Dutch hoek 'hook, angle, corner', Low German Hook, Huuk 'id.'), variant of *hakōn 'hook'. More at hake. (Wiktionary)

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