HOOK

hook

(noun) a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent

hook, draw, hooking

(noun) a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; “he took lessons to cure his hooking”

hook

(noun) a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

hook, claw

(noun) a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

hook

(noun) a catch for locking a door

bait, come-on, hook, lure, sweetener

(noun) anything that serves as an enticement

hook, crotchet

(noun) a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

hook, solicit, accost

(verb) approach with an offer of sexual favors; “he was solicited by a prostitute”; “The young man was caught soliciting in the park”

hook, snare

(verb) entice and trap; “The car salesman had snared three potential customers”

hook

(verb) secure with the foot; “hook the ball”

addict, hook

(verb) to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)

hook

(verb) fasten with a hook

hook

(verb) catch with a hook; “hook a fish”

hook

(verb) hit with a hook; “His opponent hooked him badly”

hook

(verb) hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left

crochet, hook

(verb) make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; “She sat there crocheting all day”

pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift

(verb) make off with belongings of others

overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hook

(verb) rip off; ask an unreasonable price

hook, snitch, thieve, cop, knock off, glom

(verb) take by theft; “Someone snitched my wallet!”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

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.

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.

(in the plural) The projecting points of the thighbones of cattle; called also hook bones.

(informal) removal or expulsion from a group or activity

(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.

(nautical, informal) A ship's anchor.

(programming) Part of a system's operation that can be intercepted to change or augment its behaviour.

(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 .

(typography, rare) a háček.

Senses relating to sports.

(baseball) A curveball.

(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.

(boxing) a type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc

(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.)

Hyponyms

• grappling hook

Verb

hook (third-person singular simple present hooks, present participle hooking, simple past and past participle hooked)

(transitive) To attach a hook to.

(transitive) To catch with a hook (hook a fish).

(transitive) To work yarn into a fabric using a hook; to crochet.

(transitive) To insert in a curved way reminiscent of a hook.

(transitive) To ensnare or obligate someone, as if with a hook.

(UK, US, slang, archaic) To steal.

(transitive) To connect (hook into, hook together).

(usually, in passive) To make addicted; to captivate.

(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)

(soccer) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.

(intransitive, slang) To engage in prostitution.

(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.

Anagrams

• OHKO

Proper noun

Hook (countable and uncountable, plural Hooks)

A surname.

A suburb of Kingston upon Thames borough, Greater London, England.

A large village and civil parish in Hart district, Hampshire, England (OS grid ref SU7254).

A village in Fareham borough, Hampshire, England.

A village near Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

A village near Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England.

A village in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

A rural locality in South Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand, on the Hook River.

Statistics

• According to the 2010 United States Census, Hook is the 2680th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 13437 individuals. Hook is most common among White (90.12%) individuals.

Anagrams

• OHKO

Source: Wiktionary


Hook, n. Etym: [OE. hok, AS. hoc; cf. D. haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. hako, hago, haggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage. Cf. Arquebuse, Hagbut, Hake, Hatch a half door, Heckle.]

1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.

2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.

3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook. Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook. Pope.

4. (Steam Engin.)

Definition: See Eccentric, and V-hook.

5. A snare; a trap. [R.] Shak.

6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]

7. pl.

Definition: The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; -- called also hook bones. By hook or by crook, one way or other; by any means, direct or indirect. Milton. "In hope her to attain by hook or crook." Spenser.

– Off the hooks, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.] "In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone out of the river." Pepys.

– On one's own hook, on one's own account or responsibility; by one's self. [Colloq. U.S.] Bartlett.

– To go off the hooks, to die. [Colloq.] Thackeray.

– Bid hook, a small boat hook.

– Chain hook. See under Chain.

– Deck hook, a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.

– Hook and eye, one of the small wire hooks and loops for fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.

– Hook bill (Zoöl.), the strongly curved beak of a bird.

– Hook ladder, a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can be suspended, as from the top of a wall.

– Hook motion (Steam Engin.), a valve gear which is reversed by V hooks.

– Hook squid, any squid which has the arms furnished with hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera Enoploteuthis and Onychteuthis.

– Hook wrench, a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end, instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or coupling.

Hook, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooked; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooking.]

1. 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; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout. Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice. W. Collins.

2. To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.

3. To steal. [Colloq. Eng. & U.S.] To hook on, to fasten or attach by, or as by, hook.

Hook, v. i.

Definition: To bend; to curve as a hook.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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