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[buht-n-hoo k]
  1. a small, usually metal hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as on gloves, dresses, breeches, etc.
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Origin of buttonhook

First recorded in 1865–70; button + hook1
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Examples from the Web for buttonhook

Historical Examples of buttonhook

  • Eagerly he felt in his pockets for his knife and buttonhook.

    The Mystery of Arnold Hall

    Helen M. Persons

  • A buttonhook will then serve admirably in pulling the shoe onto the foot.

  • You must remember that when you accepted me you did not marry a buttonhook.

    Anecdotes of the Great War

    Carleton Britton Case

  • She ought to have noticed that the scissors and buttonhook were not hers.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim

  • Accordingly I took a buttonhook and tore all the adhesions loose.

British Dictionary definitions for buttonhook


  1. a thin tapering hooked instrument formerly used for pulling buttons through the buttonholes of gloves, shoes, etc
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