- addicted to narcotic drugs.
- slavishly interested in, devoted to, or obsessed with: He was hooked on television.
Origin of hooked
- 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
Examples from the Web for hooked
Contemporary Examples of hooked
Ignoring people you hooked up with at Shooters when encountering them on campus is a quintessential Duke experience.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
When I asked why he stayed as long as he did, James said hopelessness kept him hooked.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
At his trial, he also said he was hooked on coke from the age of 8.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
Meanwhile, Beth is working from inside the hospital to secure the drugs Carol needs and to keep her hooked up to an IV drip.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
“So I got hooked on finding the real stories of these people and these movies and these cultural influences,” he said.How to Get Away With a Hollywood Murder
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of hooked
The window was wide open, and the wooden shutters were hooked back.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Then I found it had an iron hook and was hooked down tight to the garden.The Harbor
I said I didn't know; but when he wasn't looking I hooked it.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
For a moment Thad could see great, hooked fangs in that jaw.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
Peters clubbed Tremont's foot from the tank rack he had hooked with the toe.Satellite System
Horace Brown Fyfe
- 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 hoced, "shaped like a hook, crooked, curved;" past participle adj. from hook (v.). From mid-14c. as "having hooks;" 1610s as "caught on a hook;" 1925 as "addicted," originally in reference to narcotics. hooked rug is recorded from 1880.
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)