Meaning of HOOK in English


/ hʊk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a curved piece of metal, plastic or wire for hanging things on, catching fish with, etc. :

a picture / curtain / coat hook

a fish hook

Hang your towel on the hook .

—picture at knitting

—see also boathook


( in boxing ) a short hard blow that is made with the elbow bent :

a left hook to the jaw


( in cricket and golf ) a way of hitting the ball so that it curves sideways instead of going straight ahead


- by hook or by crook

- get (sb) off the hook | let sb off the hook

- hook, line and sinker

- off the hook

—more at ring (II) verb , sling verb

■ verb


[+ adv. / prep. ] to fasten or hang sth on sth else using a hook; to be fastened or hanging in this way :

[ vn ]

We hooked the trailer to the back of the car.

[ v ]

a dress that hooks at the back


[+ adv. / prep. ] to put sth, especially your leg, arm or finger, around sth else so that you can hold onto it or move it; to go around sth else in this way :

[ vn ]

He hooked his foot under the stool and dragged it over.

Her thumbs were hooked into the pockets of her jeans.

[ v ]

Suddenly an arm hooked around my neck.


[ vn ] to catch a fish with a hook :

It was the biggest pike I ever hooked.

( figurative )

She had managed to hook a wealthy husband.


[ vn ] ( especially in golf , cricket or football ( soccer ) ) to hit or kick a ball so that it goes to one side instead of straight ahead


- hook up (to sth) | hook sb/sth up (to sth)

- hook up with sb



Old English hōc , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoek corner, angle, projecting piece of land, also to German Haken hook.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.