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Noun: hook  hûk
  1. A bent or curved piece of metal or other material, used for hanging things from or pulling something with
    "put your coat on the hook"
  2. A catch for locking a door
  3. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
    - crotchet
  4. Anything that serves as an enticement
    - bait, come-on [informal], lure, sweetener
  5. A mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
    - claw
  6. A golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
    "he took lessons to cure his hook";
    - draw, hooking
  7. A short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
  8. A basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
    - hook shot
Verb: hook  hûk
  1. Fasten with a hook
  2. (handicraft) make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle
    "She sat there hooking all day";
    - crochet
  3. (golf) hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
  4. [informal] Take by theft
    "Someone hooked my wallet!";
    - snitch [informal], thieve, cop [informal], knock off [informal], glom [N. Amer, informal], pilfer, cabbage [informal], purloin, pinch [Brit, informal], abstract, snarf [N. Amer, informal], swipe [informal], sneak [informal], filch [informal], nobble [Brit, informal], lift, whip [Brit, informal], nick [Brit, informal], snatch [informal], blag [Brit, informal]
  5. (boxing) hit with a hook
    "His opponent hooked him badly"
  6. Catch with a hook
    "hook a fish"
  7. To cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
    - addict
  8. (rugby) secure with the foot
    "hook the ball"
  9. [informal] Entice and trap
    "The car salesman had hooked three potential customers";
    - snare
  10. [vulgar] Approach with an offer of sexual favours
    "he was hooked by a prostitute";
    - solicit, accost
  11. [informal] Rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    - overcharge, soak [informal], surcharge, gazump [Brit, informal], fleece [informal], pluck [informal], rob, skin [informal]

Sounds like: holy, wholly, hohook, H

Derived forms: hooked, hooking, hooks

See also: hook up

Type of: accustom, basketball shot, biff [informal], catch, cheat, chisel [informal], clout, curve, curved shape, dong [Austral, NZ, informal], entice, enticement, fasten, fix, furnish, golf shot, golf stroke, grab, habituate, hit, implement, intertwine, lick, loop, lure, mechanical device, offer, play, poke, provide, punch, render, rip [N. Amer, informal], rip off [informal], secure, shot, slug, steal, supply, swing, take hold of, tempt, temptation

Antonym: unhook

Part of: clothes hanger, coat hanger, dress hanger, grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron, hanger

Encyclopedia: Hook, New Zealand