hook

A hook is a curved piece of metal or other hard material that's used or pulling or holding something. A tow truck is equipped with a large hook to pull cars, and the fictional Captain Hook came equipped with an iron hook to pull off dastardly deeds.

There are coat hooks in a classroom, picture hooks on the your walls, and fishhooks for catching trout in a lake. You might have a hook and eye lock on your bedroom door, or enjoy crocheting scarves with yarn and a crochet hook. To catch a fish or a loop of yarn is to hook it. In boxing, a curving, bent-elbow punch is a hook. and in basketball a hook shot is a high, one-handed, sweeping play.

Primary Meanings of hook

1.
nv
a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
fasten with a hook
2.
nv
anything that serves as an enticement
entice and trap
3.
nv
a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
4.
v
make off with belongings of others
Full Definitions of hook
1

n a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

Synonyms:
claw
Types:
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anchor, ground tackle
a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
pothook
an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire
tenterhook
one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter
grapnel, grapnel anchor
a light anchor for small boats
mooring anchor
an anchor used to hold a mooring buoy or a channel marker in place
mushroom anchor
an anchor used for semipermanent moorings; has a bowl-shaped head that will dig in however it falls
sheet anchor, waist anchor
spare anchor for use in emergency
trammel
an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
Type of:
mechanical device
mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles

n a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

Types:
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boat hook
pole-handled hook used to pull or push boats
buttonhook
a hook for pulling a button through a buttonhole
crotchet
a small tool or hooklike implement
cup hook
hook (usually on the underside of a shelf) for hanging cups
fishhook
a sharp barbed hook for catching fish
gaff
an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
gig
a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
meat hook
a strong pointed hook from which the carcasses of animals are hung
skyhook
a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
Type of:
implement
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

n a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

Synonyms:
crotchet
Types:
uncus
(biology) any hook-shaped process or part
Type of:
curve, curved shape
the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

n a catch for locking a door

Type of:
catch
a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

v fasten with a hook

Antonyms:
unhook
take off a hook
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v catch with a hook

hook a fish”
Types:
seize
hook by a pull on the line
Type of:
catch, grab, take hold of
take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

v make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle

Synonyms:
crochet
crochet
create by looping or crocheting
Type of:
intertwine, loop
make a loop in
2

n anything that serves as an enticement

Synonyms:
bait, come-on, lure, sweetener
Type of:
enticement, temptation
something that seduces or has the quality to seduce

v entice and trap

Synonyms:
snare
accost, solicit
approach with an offer of sexual favors
Type of:
entice, lure, tempt
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

v approach with an offer of sexual favors

Synonyms:
accost, solicit
snare
entice and trap
Type of:
offer
make available or accessible, provide or furnish

v to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)

Synonyms:
addict
Type of:
accustom, habituate
make psychologically or physically used (to something)
3

n a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer

Synonyms:
draw, hooking
Type of:
golf shot, golf stroke, swing
the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

n a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent

Types:
roundhouse
a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
Type of:
biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
(boxing) a blow with the fist

n a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket

Synonyms:
hook shot
Type of:
basketball shot
throwing the basketball toward the hoop

v hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v hit with a hook

“His opponent hooked him badly”
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v secure with the foot

hook the ball”
Type of:
play
shoot or hit in a particular manner
4

v make off with belongings of others

Synonyms:
abstract, cabbage, filch, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent

v take by theft

Synonyms:
cop, glom, knock off, snitch, thieve
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent

v rip off; ask an unreasonable price

Synonyms:
fleece, gazump, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
Antonyms:
undercharge
charge (someone) too little money
Types:
extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
obtain by coercion or intimidation
bleed
get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit

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