Origin of hake
- Middle English possibly from Old English haca hook (from the shape of its lower jaw) keg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.