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

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British Dictionary definitions for hook up


/ (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 up
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Idioms and Phrases with hook up

hook up


Assemble or wire a mechanism, as in Dick helped us hook up the stereo system. [1920s]


Connect a mechanism with a main source, as in The computer had not yet been hooked up to the mainframe. [1920s]


hook up with. Form a tie or association, as in She had hooked up with the wrong crowd. [Slang; mid-1900s]


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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