- 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 hookscurve, fasten, fix, pin, angle, holder, lock, crook, grapple, link, catch, peg, hasp, clasp, grapnel, secure, entrap, ensnare, bag, enmesh
Examples from the Web for hooks
Contemporary Examples of hooks
Once a month he attaches a device to his chest, clamps metal bracelets on his wrists, and hooks the whole thing up to a telephone.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
We kept going up until we found ourselves in a vast Sharkarama, a huge loft with fake sharks hung from hooks everywhere.My Time on the Set of 'Jaws,' or How to Get a Photo of a Frickin' Mechanical Shark
August 17, 2014
As a whole, Paula is neither catchy enough for the charts nor inventive enough to justify its shortage of hooks.Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped
June 26, 2014
Then, with wind blowing him out horizontal under the wing, he hooks a boot on that balky wheel, kicks the mother home.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
But I did a lot of stuff before “Gentleman,” so this song is sort of a mash-up of my previous 10 tracks and 10 hooks.Psy on New Single ‘Gentleman,’ Kim Jong-un, Justin Bieber & More
April 29, 2013
Historical Examples of hooks
Then we baited some of the professor's hooks with the fresh meat and went a-fishing.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Let us fasten ourselves to the throne of God as with hooks of steel.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
By means of these hooks the balls were fastened to the jackets of the adventurers.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Wasn't that cad of a Bordenave going to go off the hooks after all?
He's thought about it; he's waiting for his wife to go off the hooks!
- 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)