Nearby words

  1. hoofprint,
  2. hooft,
  3. hoogh,
  4. hoogh, pieter de,
  5. hooghly,
  6. hook and eye,
  7. hook and ladder,
  8. hook bolt,
  9. hook check,
  10. hook of holland


Origin of hook

before 900; 1830–40, Americanism for def 36; Middle English hoke (noun and v.), Old English hōc (noun); cognate with Dutch hoek hook, angle, corner; akin to German Haken, Old Norse haki

Related formshook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective

Can be confusedpenance pennants


[ hoo k ]
/ hʊk /

verb (used without object)

Slang. to work as a prostitute.

Origin of hook

back formation from hooker1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hook

British Dictionary definitions for hook


/ (hʊk) /



See also hook-up

Derived Formshookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective

Word Origin for hook

Old English hōc; related to Middle Dutch hōk, Old Norse haki

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Word Origin and History for hook
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Idioms and Phrases with hook


In addition to the idioms beginning with hook

  • hook or crook
  • hook up

also see:

  • by hook or crook
  • off the hook
  • on one's own account (hook)
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