From Middle English hoke, from Old English hōc, from Proto-Germanic *hōkaz (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoek (“hook, angle, corner”), Low German Hook, Huuk), variant of *hakô (“hook”) (compare West Frisian heak, Dutch haak (“hook”)). Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kog-, *keg-, *keng- (“peg, hook, claw”). More at hake.
- enPR: ho͝ok, IPA(key): /hʊk/
- (sometimes in Northern England, otherwise obsolete) enPR: ho͞ok IPA(key): /huːk/
Audio (US) (file) Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -ʊk
hook (plural hooks)
- A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.
- A barbed metal hook used for fishing; a fishhook.
- Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook.
- 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
- like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook
- 1819 September 19, John Keats, “To Autumn”, in Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, London: Printed [by Thomas Davison] for Taylor and Hessey, […], published 1820, OCLC 927360557, stanza 2, page 138:
- Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep, / Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook / Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers: [...]
- The curved needle used in the art of crochet.
- The part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
- A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, for example, g and j.
- A tie-in to a current event or trend that makes a news story or editorial relevant and timely.
- A snare; a trap.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (in the plural) The projecting points of the thighbones of cattle; called also hook bones.
- (informal) removal or expulsion from a group or activity
- He is not handling this job, so we're giving him the hook.
- (agriculture) A field sown two years in succession.
- (authorship) A brief, punchy opening statement intended to get attention from an audience, reader, or viewer, and make them want to continue to listen to a speech, read a book, or watch a play.
- (authorship) A gimmick or element of a creative work intended to be attention-grabbing for the audience; a compelling idea for a story that will be sure to attract people's attention.
- (bridge, slang) A finesse.
- (card games, slang) A jack (the playing card).
- (geography) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end, such as Sandy Hook in New Jersey.
- (music) A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song.
- The song's hook snared me.
- 2017 January 20, Annie Zaleski, “AFI sounds refreshed and rejuvenated on its 10th album, AFI (The Blood Album)”, in The A.V. Club:
- Guitarist Jade Puget and vocalist Davey Havok have distilled AFI’s strengths (a ferocious, post-hardcore rhythmic backbone; goth-tinctured, post-punky guitars; and Havok’s desperate, dramatic croon) into 14 taut, hook-driven songs.
- (nautical, informal) A ship's anchor.
- (programming) Part of a system's operation that can be intercepted to change or augment its behaviour.
- We've added hooks to allow undefined message types to be handled with custom code.
- (Scrabble) 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.
- (typography) a diacritical mark shaped like the upper part of a question mark, as in ỏ.
- (typography, rare) a háček.
- 2003, Language Issues XV–XVIII,
- Common diacritics in Slavonic language are the hook ˇ (as in haček – Czech for ‘hook’) and the stroke ´ (robić – Polish for ‘do/make’).
- 2003, David Adams, The Song and Duet Texts of Antonín Dvořák,
- In Czech, palatalization is normally indicated by the symbol ˇ, called haček or “hook.”
- 2004, Keesing’s Record of World Events L:i–xii,
- In detailing the proposed shortening of the Czech Republic to Česko…the hook (hacek) erroneously appeared over the letter “e” instead of the “C”.
- 2003, Language Issues XV–XVIII,
- Senses relating to sports.
- (baseball) A curveball.
- He threw a hook in the dirt.
- (basketball) 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.
- (bowling) A ball that is rolled in a curved line.
- 1969, Harold Keith, Sports and Games, page 102:
- However, for pins on the bowler's right, such as the 3, 6, 9, or 10, move more toward the center of the foul line if you bowl a straight ball or slightly to the left of the center of the foul line if you bowl a hook.
- (boxing) a type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc
- The heavyweight delivered a few powerful hooks that staggered his opponent.
- (cricket) 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.
- (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. (See draw, slice, fade.)
- (baseball) A curveball.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. Template:isbn
- (transitive) To attach a hook to.
- Hook the bag here, and the conveyor will carry it away.
- (transitive) To catch with a hook (hook a fish).
- He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.
- (transitive) To work yarn into a fabric using a hook; to crochet.
- 1917, L M Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams:
- No one seems to want anything but hooked mats now.
- (transitive) To insert in a curved way reminiscent of a hook.
- He hooked his fingers through his belt loops.
- (transitive) To ensnare or obligate someone, as if with a hook.
- She's only here to try to hook a husband.
- A free trial is a good way to hook customers.
- (Britain, US, slang, archaic) To steal.
- (transitive) To connect (hook into, hook together).
- If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.
- (usually in passive) To make addicted; to captivate.
- He had gotten hooked on cigarettes in his youth.
- I watched one episode of that TV series and now I'm hooked.
- (cricket, golf) To play a hook shot.
- (rugby) To succeed in heeling the ball back out of a scrum (used particularly of the team's designated hooker).
- (field hockey, ice hockey) To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player)
- The opposing team's forward hooked me, but the referee didn't see it, so no penalty.
- (soccer) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.
- 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC:
- The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards.
- (intransitive, slang) To engage in prostitution.
- I had a cheap flat in the bad part of town, and I could watch the working girls hooking from my bedroom window.
- (Scrabble) To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.
- (bridge, slang) To finesse.
- (transitive) To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
- (intransitive) To move or go with a sudden turn.