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.

Definitions of hook
  1. noun
    a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
    synonyms: claw
    see moresee less
    show 8 types...
    hide 8 types...
    anchor, ground tackle
    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire
    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
    an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
    type of:
    mechanical device
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
  2. noun
    a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
    see moresee less
    show 9 types...
    hide 9 types...
    boat hook
    pole-handled hook used to pull or push boats
    a hook for pulling a button through a buttonhole
    a small tool or hooklike implement
    cup hook
    hook (usually on the underside of a shelf) for hanging cups
    a sharp barbed hook for catching fish
    an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
    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
    a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
    type of:
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  3. noun
    a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
    synonyms: crotchet
    see moresee less
    (biology) any hook-shaped process or part
    type of:
    curve, curved shape
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  4. noun
    a catch for locking a door
    see moresee less
    type of:
    a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  5. verb
    fasten with a hook
    see moresee less
    take off a hook
    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  6. verb
    catch with a hook
    hook a fish”
    see moresee less
    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
  7. verb
    make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle
    synonyms: crochet
    create by looping or crocheting
    see moresee less
    type of:
    intertwine, loop
    make a loop in
  8. noun
    anything that serves as an enticement
    synonyms: bait, come-on, lure, sweetener
    see moresee less
    type of:
    enticement, temptation
    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
  9. noun
    a literary device in the introduction of a written work that grabs a reader’s attention
  10. verb
    entice and trap
    synonyms: snare
    approach with an offer of sexual favors
    see moresee less
    type of:
    entice, lure, tempt
    provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  11. verb
    approach with an offer of sexual favors
    synonyms: solicit
    entice and trap
    see moresee less
    type of:
    make available or accessible, provide or furnish
  12. verb
    cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
    synonyms: addict
    see moresee less
    type of:
    accustom, habituate
    make psychologically or physically used (to something)
  13. noun
    a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
    synonyms: draw, hooking
    see moresee less
    type of:
    golf shot, golf stroke, swing
    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  14. noun
    a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
    see moresee less
    a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
    type of:
    biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
  15. noun
    a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
    synonyms: hook shot
    see moresee less
    type of:
    basketball shot
    throwing the basketball toward the hoop
  16. verb
    hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
    see moresee less
    type of:
    cause to move by striking
  17. verb
    hit with a hook
    “His opponent hooked him badly”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  18. verb
    secure with the foot
    hook the ball”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    shoot or hit in a particular manner
  19. verb
    make off with belongings of others
    synonyms: abstract, cabbage, filch, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
    see moresee less
    type of:
    take without the owner's consent
  20. verb
    take by theft
    synonyms: cop, glom, knock off, snitch, thieve
    see moresee less
    type of:
    take without the owner's consent
  21. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: fleece, gazump, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    see moresee less
    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week