Definition for hooks (2 of 3)
- 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.
Origin of hook1
Related formshook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective
Can be confusedpenance pennants
Definition for hooks (3 of 3)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hook2
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Shales|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Romano|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, with wind blowing him out horizontal under the wing, he hooks a boot on that balky wheel, kicks the mother home.
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|Marlow Stern|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He jerked the ladder from side to side till the hooks above lost their hold and it fell, so that he drew it in.Wulfric the Weapon Thane|Charles W. Whistler
He made, it would seem, few new friends, though he grappled his old ones as 'with hooks of steel.'Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
The only place to hang clothing was the back of the door, into which hooks had been screwed.The Hills of Refuge|Will N. Harben
By way of wardrobe accommodation, the back of the door was generously studded with hooks for hanging clothes.The Call of the Town|John Alexander Hammerton
All the two thousand hooks pass four times through the hands of the men on the lugger.Tommy Tregennis|Mary Elizabeth Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for hooks
- 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 Formshookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective
Word Origin for hook
Idioms and Phrases with hooks
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)