[skahy-hoo k]


a fanciful hook imagined to be suspended in the air.
any of various lifting devices, as one hung from a helicopter, designed to lift heavy loads to distances beyond the reach of a jib crane.
a high, arching hook shot in basketball.

Nearby words

  1. skye,
  2. skye terrier,
  3. skyey,
  4. skyf,
  5. skyhome,
  6. skyjack,
  7. skyjacking,
  8. skylab,
  9. skylark,
  10. skylight

Origin of skyhook

First recorded in 1910–15; sky + hook1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for skyhook



also sky-hook, "imaginary device to hold things up," 1915, originally aviators' jargon, from sky (n.) + hook (n.). Applied from 1935 to actual device for lifting things into the air.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper