AskDefine | Define hook

Dictionary Definition



1 a catch for locking a door
2 a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook [syn: crotchet]
3 anything that serves as an enticement [syn: bait, come-on, lure, sweetener]
4 a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something [syn: claw]
5 a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
6 a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking" [syn: draw, hooking]
7 a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
8 a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket [syn: hook shot]


1 fasten with a hook [ant: unhook]
2 rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob] [ant: undercharge]
3 make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day" [syn: crochet]
4 hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
5 take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!" [syn: snitch, thieve, cop, knock off, glom]
6 make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]
7 hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"
8 catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
9 to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug) [syn: addict]
10 secure with the foot; "hook the ball"
11 entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers" [syn: snare]
12 approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park" [syn: solicit, accost]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • [hʊk]


  1. A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.
  2. A fishhook, a barbed metal hook used for fishing.
  3. A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, e.g. g and j.
  4. A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song.
    The song's hook snared me.
  5. A brief, punchy opening statement intended to draw the reader or viewer into a book or play.
  6. Removal or expulsion from a group or activity.
    He is not handling this job, so we're giving him the hook.
  7. 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.
  8. A curveball.
    He threw a hook in the dirt.
  9. Features, definitions, or codings that enable future enhancements to happen compatibly or more easily.
    ''We've added "user-defined" codepoints in several places and careful definitions of what to do with unknown message types as hooks in the standard to enable implementations to be both backward and forward compatible to future versions of the standard.
  10. A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. See draw, slice, fade
  11. 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.
  12. A jack (the playing card)


rod bent into a curved shape
  • Czech: háček
  • Danish: krog
  • Dutch: haak
  • Finnish: ongenkoukku, koukku
  • Italian: uncino
  • Japanese: 釣り針
  • Korean: 낚시 (nakksi)
  • Persian: قلاب ماهيگيري(qolâb mâhigiri)
  • Portuguese: anzol
  • Russian: крючок
  • Spanish: anzuelo
loop shaped like a hook under certain letters
catchy musical phrase
short opening sentence
type of cricket shot
  • Danish: hook
  • Finnish: kierre
software feature
golf shot that curves unintentionally
  • Danish: hook
type of boxing punch
  • Danish: hook
  • Finnish: koukku
  • Portuguese: ganhco
  • Russian: хук (χuk)



  1. To attach a hook to.
    Hook the bag here, and the conveyor will carry it away.
  2. To catch with a hook (hook a fish).
    He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.
  3. To connect (hook into, hook together).
    If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.
  4. hook up: To meet.
    You guys go ahead to the fair, and we'll hook up with you later.
  5. hook up: To have sexual intercourse with.
    She got wasted at the party and ended up hooking up with her ex.
  6. (Usually in passive) To make addicted (I'm hooked).
    He had gotten hooked on cigarettes in his youth.
  7. In the context of "Cricket}} To play a hook shot.

Extensive Definition

Hook may refer to:

Tools, hardware and fasteners

Media and entertainment




Other meanings

hook in Danish: Krog
hook in German: Haken
hook in French: Crochet
hook in Simple English: Hook
hook in Dutch: Haak
hook in Swedish: Krok
hook in Ukrainian: Гак

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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