Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A barbed metal hook used for catching fish.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a sharp barbed hook for catching fish

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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

  • 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."

    Shelfari:

  • "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.

    Chirichingo, Luis G.

  • 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.

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

    Nowicki, Hames E.

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

    Petersen, Michael T.

  • 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

  • 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

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