Hook - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hʊk|  American pronunciation of the word hook
Brit.  |hʊk|  British pronunciation of the word hook


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


- fasten with a hook
- rip off; ask an unreasonable price (syn: fleece, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge)
- make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle (syn: crochet)
- hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
- take by theft (syn: cop, glom, knock off, snitch, thieve)
- make off with belongings of others (syn: abstract, cabbage, filch, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, sneak, swipe)
- hit with a hook
His opponent hooked him badly
- catch with a hook
hook a fish
- to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug) (syn: addict)
- secure with the foot
hook the ball
- entice and trap (syn: snare)
- approach with an offer of sexual favors (syn: accost, solicit)

Extra examples

She hit a hook into the left rough.

He threw a right hook to his opponent's body.

The train cars were hooked together.

My sweater was hooked on a branch.

I hooked the door shut.

The dress hooks in the back.

The two parts hooked together.

He hooked a large fish.

He hooked his arm around my neck.

She hooked her fingers around the doorknob.

He hooked his thumb through a loop of his pants.

We've nothing on him. But then we've nothing on half the hooks in Eastport.

I hooked off on my own and rambled aimlessly about.

Please hook my dress up at the back, I can't reach.

He tried to hook a well-off widow.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: hook
he/she/it: hooks
present participle: hooking
past tense: hooked
past participle: hooked
singular: hook
plural: hooks
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