Definitions

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

  • n. A barbed metal hook used for catching fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a barbed hook, usually metal, used for fishing
  • n. A jack (the playing card)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hook for catching fish.
  • n. A hook with a pendant, to the end of which the fish-tackle is hooked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hook for catching fish.
  • n. A hook used with a fish-tackle. See fish-tackle.

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

  • n. a sharp barbed hook for catching fish

Etymologies

From Middle English fisch-hook, from Old English *fischōc (“fishhook”), equivalent to fish +‎ hook. Cognate with Dutch vishaak ("fishhook"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • More important to this work was the result of a "fishhook"--a query placed in my Times Magazine "On Language" column for the coiner of "Social Security is the third rail of American politics--touch it and you die."

    William Safire, 1929-2009

  • "My sole worldly possessions are a stone hatchet and a hairpin fishhook."

    Tish

  • Then we were on the road and I knew we were turns northwest, there is a place called "fishhook", where the road turns northwest.

    Shepard, Vernon C.

  • I’m six foot, when I don’t affect the posture of a fishhook, which is most of the time, but if I can remember to stand up straight, I’ll tower over him!

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • The Belfair digs look out on the "fishhook" section at the south end of Hood Canal, where pollution and warm water temperatures pose a danger to sea life.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News

  • Dubbed the "fishhook" for its serpentine design, this rigorous on-the-road safety test measures your chance of rollover and is the first of its kind to be conducted by a government agency.

    LAFD News & Information

  • He showed them to Ed Davis, who said that he recognized the "fishhook" shaped formation as the area where he had seen a piece of the ark.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Simon Davies, the head of a group called Privacy International, put out a press release saying, “Google looks at privacy the way a worm looks at a fishhook.”

    In the Plex

  • Marlo had a tattoo on her neck, a fishhook in her eye-brow.

    Miracles, Inc.

  • Some others are those ridiculous "You're stranded on Mt. Everest with nothing more than a fishhook and a Q-tip ...".

    The Survival message board at OL is very active while the Survival School message board here at F&S has a total of 30 threads.

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