cant hook



a wooden lever with a movable iron hook and a blunt, often toothed tip near the lower end, used chiefly for grasping and canting, or turning over logs.

Origin of cant hook

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called cant dog. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cant hook

Historical Examples of cant hook

  • Only the Beaver has no cant-hook to help him, and no skidway, either.

    Forest Neighbors

    William Davenport Hulbert

  • A peavey is like a cant-hook except that it is pointed at the end.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • Not an axe, peavey or cant-hook was touched; not a team was hitched up.

    The Snow-Burner

    Henry Oyen

  • Abe was interrupted by the excited voice of the man with the cant-hook.

  • Bill, I believe I can now make even with Kirkpatrick for the two dollars he owes me for the cant-hook.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

British Dictionary definitions for cant hook

cant hook

cant dog


forestry a wooden pole with a blunt steel tip and an adjustable hook at one end, used for handling logs
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