- 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.
- (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: They helped me hook up my new home security 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.
- Slang. to supply something scarce or illicit to: My supply of painkillers is totally dry—do you know somebody who can hook me up?The concert is sold out, but my sister knows a guy in the band, so we’re hoping she can hook us up with some tickets.
Idioms about hook
- 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!
Origin of hook1
OTHER WORDS FROM hookhookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hookpenance, pennants
Words nearby hook
Other definitions for hook (2 of 2)
Origin of hook2
How to use hook in a sentence
The package comes with everything you’ll need to hook it up and keep your kitchen clean every night.Small dishwashers that fit in almost any kitchen|PopSci Commerce Team|August 25, 2020|Popular-Science
Burglar alarms could even be hooked up to phones, he continues.When cell phones were a “hot new industry”|Karen Yuan|August 20, 2020|Fortune
In a press release Julio D’Arcy, who led the study, said 50 bricks hooked up to a solar panel could provide emergency lighting for 5 hours.Scientists Found a Way to Turn Bricks Into Batteries|Edd Gent|August 17, 2020|Singularity Hub
So if you want to make people open the entire post, you need to use the first two lines to write a captivating hook.What will make your brand stand out on LinkedIn in 2020?|Harikrishna Kundariya|August 12, 2020|Search Engine Watch
If city leaders make a misstep, ratepayers could be on the hook in the future.The City Is Walking a Fine Line in Demanding Millions From Its Next Power Provider|MacKenzie Elmer|August 7, 2020|Voice of San Diego
“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|David Levesley|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If the oft-talked-about college “hook-up culture” could be embodied by a place, it would be Shooters.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But Kent will not let us off the familiar horror hook so easily.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook|Tim Teeman|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
When you met him on Tinder were you initially thinking of this as a hook-up or a relationship?Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only then did I own that by hook or by crook—and mostly by crook, I was forced to suspect—they had purposely given me the slip.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
His face was hidden beneath a beard of bristling, bushy red, and he had a sharp hook nose and small, bright eyes.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
The sailors tried to catch some with a hook and line, and were fortunate enough to succeed.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
The launch was already under way, and young Cargill trying to avoid it better, thrust with his boat-hook at the side of the lock.
It was the merest baby—half-an-ounce, perhaps—and it fell from the hook into the herbage some yards from the stream.
British Dictionary definitions for hook
- a sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river
- a sharply curved spit of land
- slang out 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
Derived forms of hookhookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective
Word Origin for hook
Other Idioms and Phrases with hook
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)