- the path described by a ball, as in baseball, bowling, or golf, that curves in a direction opposite to the throwing hand or to the side of the ball from which it was struck.
- a ball describing such a path.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a player) to hook the ball.
- (of a ball) to describe a hook in course.
- to fasten with a hook or hooks.
- to assemble or connect, as the components of a machine: to hook up a stereo system.
- to connect to a central source, as of power or water: The house hasn't been hooked up to the city's water system yet.
- Informal.to join, meet, or become associated with: He never had a decent job until he hooked up with this company.
- Informal.to have casual sex or a romantic date without a long-term commitment: He doesn't know her very well, but he hooked up with her a couple of times.
- out of trouble; released from some difficulty: This time there was no one around to get him off the hook.
- free of obligation: Her brother paid all her bills and got her off the hook.
- Slang.extremely or shockingly excellent: Wow, that song is off the hook!
- obliged; committed; involved: He's already on the hook for $10,000.
- subjected to a delaying tactic; waiting: We've had him on the hook for two weeks now.
Origin of hook1
verb (used without object)
Origin of hook2
Related Words for hookcurve, fasten, fix, pin, angle, holder, lock, crook, grapple, link, catch, peg, hasp, clasp, grapnel, secure, entrap, ensnare, bag, enmesh
Examples from the Web for hook
Contemporary Examples of hook
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
They “hook up” in a manner that makes the casual sex of the 1960s seem like an arranged marriage in Oman.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
Zuckerberg himself has bragged that he is able to predict which site members will hook up with whom based on their site activity.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook
November 12, 2014
In the near term, the state will only be on the hook for 10 percent of its costs by 2020.Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming
November 10, 2014
After six months of intermittent interrogations and several lie detector tests, Elahi got off the hook.Art in the Age of National Security
Terry Greene Sterling
September 26, 2014
Historical Examples of hook
As we came into the Hook, we were hailed by a gun-boat, and heard of the "Little Embargo."Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He had been lightly hooked on the angle of the right jaw, and the hook had not wearied him.American Notes
Mrs. Wilson put down her hook again, and leaned back in her chair.Meadow Grass
Seizing a match-box, he struck a light and held it to the hook.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I am an outlaw, and get my living by hook and by crook in a manner it boots not now to tell of.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- a sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river
- a sharply curved spit of land
- slangout of danger; free from obligation or guilt
- (of a telephone receiver) not on the support, so that incoming calls cannot be received
- in a dangerous or difficult situation
Word Origin for hook
Old English hoc "hook, angle," perhaps related to Old English haca "bolt," from Proto-Germanic *hokaz/*hakan- (cf. Old Frisian hok, Middle Dutch hoek, Dutch haak, German Haken "hook"), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth" (cf. Russian kogot "claw"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).
Boxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 1898. Figurative sense was in Middle English (see hooker). By hook or by crook (late 14c.) probably alludes to tools of professional thieves. Hook, line, and sinker "completely" is 1838, a metaphor from angling.
In addition to the idioms beginning with hook
- hook or crook
- hook up
- by hook or crook
- off the hook
- on one's own account (hook)