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 boathook

Historical Examples of boathook

  • The woman had been caught by a boathook in attempting to get into the water.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • We had lost our boathook, and had nothing whatever to navigate our craft with.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • A seaman sounded the depth with a boathook, and reported eight feet.

  • The point of the boathook wavered, aimed first at the nonapus, then at the fishman.

  • Smartly he lowered his sail and fastened on the vessel with his boathook.

British Dictionary definitions for boathook



a pole with a hook at one end, used aboard a vessel for fending off other vessels or obstacles or for catching a line or mooring buoy
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