Idioms

Origin of hook

1
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 forms

hook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective

Can be confused

penance pennants

Definition for hook (2 of 2)

hook

2
[ hoo k ]
/ hʊk /

verb (used without object)

Slang. to work as a prostitute.

Origin of hook

2
back formation from hooker1
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British Dictionary definitions for hook

hook

/ (hʊk) /

noun


verb

See also hook-up

Derived Forms

hookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective

Word Origin for hook

Old English hōc; related to Middle Dutch hōk, Old Norse haki
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Idioms and Phrases with hook

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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