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hook (n.)

"bent or angled piece of metal or other substance used to catch or hold something," Old English hoc "hook, angle," perhaps related to Old English haca "bolt," from Proto-Germanic *hokaz/*hakan (source also of Old Frisian hok, Middle Dutch hoek "a hook;" Dutch haak "a hook, angle, corner, cape," German Haken "hook"), from PIE root *keg- "hook, tooth." For spelling, see hood (n.1).

Also the name of a fireman's tool for tearing into buildings, hence hook-and-ladder (1821). Meaning "holder for a telephone receiver" is from 1885 and continued in use after the mechanism evolved. Boxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 1898. Figurative sense "that which catches, a snare, trap" is from early 15c. Meaning "projecting point of land" is from 1670s; in U.S. use probably reinforced by the Dutch word.

This name is given in New York to several angular points in the North and East rivers; as Corlear's Hook, Sandy Hook, Powles's Hook. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]

Off the hooks meant "disordered" (16c.), "unhinged" (1610s) and "dead" (1840). 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. Hook-nose (n.) is from 1680s; hook-nosed (adj.) from 1510s. Hook-and-eye as a method of garment fastening is from 1620s.

Hook and eye, a metallic fastening for garments, consisting of a hook, commonly of flattened wire bent to the required shape, and an eye, usually of the same material, into which the hook fits. Under the name of crochet and loop, this form of fastening was in use as early as the fourteenth century. [Century Dictionary]

hook (v.)

"to bend like a hook," c. 1200 (transitive); early 15c. (intransitive); see hook (n.). Specific meaning "to catch (a fish) with a hook" is from c. 1300; that of "to fasten with hooks" is from 1610s; figurative sense of "catch by artifice" is from 1800. Sense of "make rugs with a hook" is from 1882. Related: Hooked; hooking.

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Definitions of hook from WordNet
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hook (v.)
fasten with a hook;
hook (v.)
rip off; ask an unreasonable price;
Synonyms: overcharge / soak / surcharge / gazump / fleece / plume / pluck / rob
hook (v.)
make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle;
Synonyms: crochet
hook (v.)
hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left;
hook (v.)
take by theft;
Synonyms: snitch / thieve / cop / knock off / glom
hook (v.)
make off with belongings of others;
Synonyms: pilfer / cabbage / purloin / pinch / abstract / snarf / swipe / sneak / filch / nobble / lift
hook (v.)
hit with a hook;
His opponent hooked him badly
hook (v.)
catch with a hook;
hook a fish
hook (v.)
to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug);
Synonyms: addict
hook (v.)
secure with the foot;
hook the ball
hook (v.)
entice and trap;
Synonyms: snare
hook (v.)
approach with an offer of sexual favors;
Synonyms: solicit / accost /
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hook (n.)
a catch for locking a door;
hook (n.)
a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook;
Synonyms: crotchet
hook (n.)
anything that serves as an enticement;
Synonyms: bait / come-on / lure / sweetener
hook (n.)
a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something;
Synonyms: claw
hook (n.)
a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something;
hook (n.)
a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer;
he took lessons to cure his hooking
Synonyms: draw / hooking
hook (n.)
a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent;
hook (n.)
a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket;
Synonyms: hook shot
From wordnet.princeton.edu