Definitions for: Hook


[n] a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
[n] a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
[n] a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking"
[n] a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
[n] a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
[n] a catch for locking a door
[n] anything that serves as an enticement
[n] a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
[v] entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
[v] to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp. a narcotic drug)
[v] fasten with a hook
[v] catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
[v] hit with a hook; in boxing; "His opponent hooked him badly"
[v] in golf: hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
[v] interlock
[v] make off with belongings of others
[v] rip off; ask an unreasonable price
[v] take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hook, n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake,
haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, 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.) See Eccentric, and V-hook.

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

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

7. pl. 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 (Zo["o]l.), 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.
To bend; to curve as a hook.


Hook, v. i.
To move or go with a sudden turn; hence [Slang or Prov.
Eng.], to make off; to clear out; -- often with it. ``Duncan
was wounded, and the escort hooked it.'' --Kipling.

Synonyms: abstract, addict, bait, cabbage, claw, come-on, cop, crochet, crotchet, draw, filch, fleece, gazump, glom, hook shot, hooking, knock off, lift, lure, nobble, overcharge, pilfer, pinch, pluck, plume, purloin, rob, snare, snarf, sneak, snitch, soak, surcharge, sweetener, swipe, thieve

Antonyms: undercharge, unhook

See Also: accustom, anchor, barb, basketball shot, beat, biff, bill, boat hook, buttonhook, catch, catch, charge, cheat, chisel, clothes hanger, coat hanger, crotchet, cup hook, curve, curved shape, dress hanger, entice, enticement, extort, fasten, fishhook, fix, gaff, gig, golf shot, golf stroke, gouge, grab, grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron, ground tackle, habituate, hit, hook up, implement, intertwine, lick, loop, lure, meat hook, mechanical device, poke, pothook, punch, rack, rip off, roundhouse, secure, seize, skyhook, steal, swing, take hold of, tempt, temptation, tenterhook, uncus, use, wring

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