boat hook



a hook mounted at the end of a pole, used to pull or push boats toward or away from a landing, to pick up a mooring, etc.

Origin of boat hook

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boat hook

Historical Examples of boat hook

  • He broke our boat-hook, and once or twice, he came near boarding us.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Raising the boat-hook over his head, Paul soon detected the obstacle.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Then the boys took their places, and Joe pushed the boat off with the boat-hook.

  • He showed the boat-hook, which he had carried below for the purpose, and produced a sensation.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • He swore at me all the time he held my leg, but that was only his way of telling me to stick to the boat-hook.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad