An example of a hook is a metal piece hanging on the wall that you hang your coat on.
An example of a hook is an intriguing product ad that inspires you to learn more.
- A curved or barbed plant or animal part.
- A short angled or curved line on a letter.
- A sickle.
- A curved piece of wire or bone with a barbed end, for catching fish.
- A curved piece of metal, wood, etc. fastened to a wall or chain at one end, used to hang things on, raise things up, etc.A coat hook.
- A small metal catch inserted in a loop, or eye, to fasten clothes together.
- An anchor.
- A curving cape or headland.Sandy Hook.
- A sharp bend in a stream.
We've added "user-defined" codepoints in several places and careful definitions of what to do with unknown message types as hooks in the standard to enable implementations to be both backward and forward compatible to future versions of the standard.
He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.
She's only here to try to hook a husband.
A free trial is a good way to hook customers.
If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.
The opposing team's forward hooked me, but the referee didn't see it, so no penalty.
I had a cheap flat in the bad part of town, and I could watch the working girls hooking from my bedroom window.
- By whatever means possible, fair or unfair.
- To be unceremoniously dismissed or terminated.
- Without reservation; completely:.Swallowed the excuse hook, line, and sinker.
- Freed, as from blame or a vexatious obligation:.Let me off the hook with a mild reprimand.
- By one's own efforts.
- In any way whatever; by any means, honest or dishonest.
- To be discharged or dismissed: from the former practice of pulling incompetent actors off the stage with a long, hooked pole.
- Completely; altogether.
- To connect or attach with a hook or hooks.
- To arrange and connect the parts of (a radio, etc.).
- Out of trouble, embarrassment, or a state of burdensome responsibility.
- By oneself; without getting help, advice, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of hook
- Middle English hok from Old English hōc keg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English hoke, from Old English hōc, from Proto-Germanic *hōkaz (cf. West Frisian/Dutch hoek 'hook, angle, corner', Low German Hook, Huuk 'id.'), variant of *hakô (“hook”) (compare Dutch Low Saxon hoake (“hook”)). Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kog-, *keg-, *keng- (“peg, hook, claw”). More at hake.