[fish-hoo k]


a hook used in fishing.

Origin of fishhook

First recorded in 1350–1400, fishhook is from the Middle English word fischhook. See fish, hook1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fish-hook

Historical Examples of fish-hook

  • He said his fish-hook had lost its charm and sorrowfully he took it away with him in his canoe.

    Legends of Wailuku

    Charlotte Hapai

  • She looked up, and narrowly escaped getting a fish-hook in her eye.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards

  • He said nobody had to starve around that way, if he had a fish-hook.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • I said, "I wouldn't eat a fish-hook no matter how hungry I was."

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Run to the house and get Addison's fish-hook and line and something for bait!

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for fish-hook



a sharp hook used in angling, esp one with a barb
logic a symbol (∋) for entailment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fish-hook

late 14c., from fish (n.) + hook (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper