[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.

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