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Definition of "hook" []

  • A curved or sharply bent device, usually of metal, used to catch, drag, suspend, or fasten something else. (noun)
  • A fishhook. (noun)
  • Something shaped like a hook, especially: (noun)
  • A curved or barbed plant or animal part. (noun)
  • A short angled or curved line on a letter. (noun)
  • A piece of material, usually metal, curved or bent and used to suspend, catch, hold, or pull something (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A trap or snare (noun)
  • Something that attracts or is intended to be an attraction (noun)
  • Something resembling a hook in design or use (noun)
  • A sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river (noun)
  • A sharply curved spit of land (noun)
  • A short swinging blow delivered from the side with the elbow bent (noun)
  • A shot in which the ball is hit square on the leg side with the bat held horizontally (noun)
  • A shot that causes the ball to swerve sharply from right to left (noun)
  • The top of a breaking wave (noun)
  • The act of hooking an opposing player (noun)
  • A stroke added to the stem of a written or printed note to indicate time values shorter than a crotchet (noun)
  • A catchy musical phrase in a pop song (noun)
  • To fasten or be fastened with or as if with a hook or hooks (verb)
  • To catch (something, such as a fish) on a hook (verb)
  • To curve like or into the shape of a hook (verb)
  • (of bulls, elks, etc) to catch or gore with the horns (verb)
  • To make (a rug) by hooking yarn through a stiff fabric backing with a special instrument (verb)
  • To cut (grass or herbage) with a sickle (verb)
  • To hit (an opponent) with a hook (verb)
  • To impede (an opposing player) by catching hold of him with the stick (verb)
  • To play (a ball) with a hook (verb)
  • To obtain and pass (the ball) backwards from a scrum to a member of one's team, using the feet (verb)
  • To trick (verb)

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Use "hook" in a sentence
  • "So the main hook is that you have this kid born into a working class family of petty criminals but against all odds, manages to become the greatest hero the world has seen and fight the good fight."
  • "In Holloway-speak, landing a left hook translates as keeping faith with core principles."
  • "Your use of the term hook which applies specifically to the opening paragraph of a book mislead me a little; you are talking about setting up a pitch appointment, not submitting pages in advance of such an appointment."