Origin of hakeME, probably ; from Old Norse haki, a hook (from the shape of the jaw) from source Norwegian hakefisk, trout, salmon, literally , hook-fish: for Indo-European base see hook
nounpl. hake hake or hakes
Origin of hakeMiddle English, possibly from Old English haca, hook (from the shape of its lower jaw); see keg- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English *hake, from Old English hæca, haca (“hook, bolt, door-fastening, bar”), from Proto-Germanic *hakô (“hook”), from Proto-Indo-European *keg-, *keng- (“peg, hook”). Cognate with Dutch haak (“hook”), German Haken (“hook”), Danish hage (“hook”), Swedish hake (“hook”), Icelandic haki (“hook”), Hittite kagas (“tooth”), Middle Irish ailchaing (“weapons rack”), Lithuanian kéngė (“hook, latch”), Russian коготь (kógot', “claw”). Related to hook.
(plural hakes or hake)
From Middle English hake, probably a shortened form (due to Scandinavian influence) of English dialectal haked (“pike”). Compare Norwegian hakefisk (“trout, salmon”), Middle Low German haken (“kipper”). More at haked.