Meaning of HOOK in English


I. ˈhu̇k noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hōc; akin to Middle Dutch hoec fishhook, corner, Lithuanian kengė hook

Date: before 12th century


a. : a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling

b. : something intended to attract and ensnare

c. : anchor 1

2. : something curved or bent like a hook ; especially plural : fingers

3. : a flight or course of a ball that deviates from straight in a direction opposite to the dominant hand of the player propelling it ; also : a ball following such a course — compare slice

4. : a short blow delivered with a circular motion by a boxer while the elbow remains bent and rigid

5. : hook shot

6. : buttonhook

7. : quick or summary removal — used with get or give

the pitcher got the hook after giving up three runs

8. : a device especially in music or writing that catches the attention

9. : a selling point or marketing scheme

10. : cradle 1b(2)

- by hook or by crook

- off the hook

- on one's own hook

II. verb

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1. : to form into a hook : crook


a. : to seize or make fast by or as if by a hook

b. : to connect by or as if by a hook — often used with up

3. : steal , pilfer

4. : to make (as a rug) by drawing loops of yarn, thread, or cloth through a coarse fabric with a hook

5. : to hit or throw (a ball) so that a hook results

intransitive verb

1. : to form a hook : curve

2. : to become hooked

3. : to work as a prostitute

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.