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

  • n. Any of various marine food fishes of the genera Merluccius and Urophycis, related to and resembling the cod.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hook; a pot-hook.
  • n. A kind of weapon; a pike.
  • n. (in the plural) The draught-irons of a plough.
  • n. One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera Phycis, Merluccius, and allies.
  • n. A drying shed, as for unburned tile.
  • v. To loiter; to sneak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drying shed, as for unburned tile.
  • n. One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera Phycis, Merlucius, and allies. The common European hake is Merlucius vulgaris; the American silver hake or whiting is Merlucius bilinearis. Two American species (Phycis chuss and Phycis tenius) are important food fishes, and are also valued for their oil and sounds. Called also squirrel hake, and codling.
  • intransitive v. To loiter; to sneak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fish for hake; engage in the hake-fishery: as, a haking vessel, voyage, or crew.
  • To go about idly or draggingly; loiter about.
  • To drag along idly.
  • To carry off by force; kidnap.
  • n. A hook; specifically, a pot-hook.
  • n. A kind of weapon; a pike.
  • n. plural The draft-irons of a plow.
  • n. A gadoid fish of the family Merluciidæ, Merlucius smiridus or vulgaris, related to and resembling a cod, found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe.
  • n. A gadoid fish of the genus Phycis, common along the Atlantic coast of North America, as P. chuss, P. tenuis, and P. regius, recognized by the reduction of the ventral fins to two or three filamentous rays.
  • n. A gadoid fish of New Zealand, Lotella rhacinus, which has flattened ventrals of 6 rays, and a short anterior and long graduated second dorsal and anal fins.
  • n. A frame for holding cheeses.
  • n. A rack for horses or cattle to feed at.
  • n. A drying-shed in a tile-making establishment.
  • n. A lazy person who strolls about in search of what he can pick up, instead of working.
  • n. A forward, tattling woman.

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

  • n. any of several marine food fishes related to cod
  • n. the lean flesh of a fish similar to cod


Middle English, possibly from Old English haca, hook (from the shape of its lower jaw); see keg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *hake, from Old English hæca, haca ("hook, bolt, door-fastening, bar"), from Proto-Germanic *hakô (“hook”), from Proto-Indo-European *keg-, *keng- (“peg, hook”). Cognate with Dutch haak ("hook"), German Haken ("hook"), Danish hage ("hook"), Swedish hake ("hook"), Icelandic haki ("hook"), Hittite kagas ("tooth"), Middle Irish ailchaing ("weapons rack"), Lithuanian kéngė ("hook, latch"), Russian коготь (kógot', "claw"). Related to hook. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English hake, probably a shortened form (due to Scandinavian influence) of English dialectal haked ("pike"). Compare Norwegian hakefisk ("trout, salmon"), Middle Low German haken ("kipper"). More at haked. (Wiktionary)
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  • There was a most heathenish fear of doing certain things on Friday, and there were countless signs in which we still have confidence. When the moon is very bright and other people grow sentimental, we only remember that it is a fine night to catch hake.
    --Sarah Orne Jewett, 1877, Deephaven

    January 28, 2010