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Hook vs. Hooky

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Hooknoun

A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.

Hookynoun

Absence from school or work. en

‘Let's play hooky and go to the mall.’;

Hooknoun

A barbed metal hook used for fishing; a fishhook.

Hookyadjective

Full of hooks.

Hooknoun

Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook.

Hookyadjective

Shaped like a hook.

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Hooknoun

The curved needle used in the art of crochet.

Hookyadjective

Full of hooks; pertaining to hooks.

Hooknoun

The part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.

Hookynoun

A word used only in the expression to play hooky, to be truant, to run away; - used mostly of youths absent from school without a valid reason and without the knowledge of their parents. Also (figuratively and jocosely), to be absent from duty for frivolous reasons.

‘This talk about boys . . . playing ball, and "hooky," and marbles, was all moonshine.’;

Hooknoun

A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, for example, g and j.

Hookynoun

failure to attend (especially school)

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Hooknoun

A tie-in to a current event or trend that makes a news story or editorial relevant and timely.

Hooknoun

A snare; a trap.

Hooknoun

(in the plural) The projecting points of the thighbones of cattle; called also hook bones.

Hooknoun

(informal) Removal or expulsion from a group or activity.

‘He is not handling this job, so we're giving him the hook.’;

Hooknoun

(agriculture) A field sown two years in succession.

Hooknoun

(authorship) A brief, punchy opening statement intended to get attention from an audience, reader, or viewer, and make them want to continue to listen to a speech, read a book, or watch a play.

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Hooknoun

(authorship) A gimmick or element of a creative work intended to be attention-grabbing for the audience; a compelling idea for a story that will be sure to attract people's attention.

Hooknoun

A finesse.

Hooknoun

A jack (the playing card).

Hooknoun

(geography) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end, such as Sandy Hook in New Jersey.

Hooknoun

(music) A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song.

‘The song's hook snared me.’;

Hooknoun

A ship's anchor.

Hooknoun

(programming) Part of a system's operation that can be intercepted to change or augment its behaviour.

‘We've added hooks to allow undefined message types to be handled with custom code.’;

Hooknoun

(Scrabble) An instance of playing a word perpendicular to a word already on the board, adding a letter to the start or the end of the word to form a new word.

Hooknoun

(typography) a diacritical mark shaped like the upper part of a question mark, as in ỏ.

Hooknoun

a háček.

Hooknoun

Senses relating to sports.

Hooknoun

(baseball) A curveball.

‘He threw a hook in the dirt.’;

Hooknoun

(basketball) a basketball shot in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Also called hook shot.

Hooknoun

(bowling) A ball that is rolled in a curved line.

Hooknoun

(boxing) a type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc

‘The heavyweight delivered a few powerful hooks that staggered his opponent.’;

Hooknoun

(cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, often played to balls which bounce around head height.

Hooknoun

(golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. (See draw, slice, fade.)

Hooknoun

Any of the chevrons denoting rank.

Hookverb

(transitive) To attach a hook to.

‘Hook the bag here, and the conveyor will carry it away.’;

Hookverb

(transitive) To catch with a hook hook a fish.

‘He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.’;

Hookverb

(transitive) To work yarn into a fabric using a hook; to crochet.

Hookverb

(transitive) To insert in a curved way reminiscent of a hook.

‘He hooked his fingers through his belt loops.’;

Hookverb

(transitive) To ensnare or obligate someone, as if with a hook.

‘She's only here to try to hook a husband.’; ‘A free trial is a good way to hook customers.’;

Hookverb

To steal.

Hookverb

(transitive) To connect (hook into, hook together).

‘If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.’;

Hookverb

To make addicted; to captivate.

‘He had gotten hooked on cigarettes in his youth.’; ‘I watched one episode of that TV series and now I'm hooked.’;

Hookverb

To play a hook shot.

Hookverb

(rugby) To succeed in heeling the ball back out of a scrum (used particularly of the team's designated hooker).

Hookverb

To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player)

‘The opposing team's forward hooked me, but the referee didn't see it, so no penalty.’;

Hookverb

(soccer) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.

Hookverb

To engage in prostitution.

‘I had a cheap flat in the bad part of town, and I could watch the working girls hooking from my bedroom window.’;

Hookverb

(Scrabble) To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.

Hookverb

To finesse.

Hookverb

(transitive) To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.

Hookverb

(intransitive) To move or go with a sudden turn.

Hooknoun

A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.

Hooknoun

That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.

Hooknoun

An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.

‘Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.’;

Hooknoun

See Eccentric, and V-hook.

Hooknoun

A snare; a trap.

Hooknoun

A field sown two years in succession.

Hooknoun

The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; - called also hook bones.

Hooknoun

A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey.

Hooknoun

The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball; in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer who struck the ball.

Hooknoun

A procedure within the encoding of a computer program which allows the user to modify the program so as to import data from or export data to other programs.

Hookverb

To catch or fasten with a hook or hooks; to seize, capture, or hold, as with a hook, esp. with a disguised or baited hook; hence, to secure by allurement or artifice; to entrap; to catch; as, to hook a dress; to hook a trout.

‘Hook him, my poor dear, . . . at any sacrifice.’;

Hookverb

To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.

Hookverb

To steal.

Hookverb

To bend; to curve as a hook.

Hookverb

To move or go with a sudden turn;

Hooknoun

a catch for locking a door

Hooknoun

a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

Hooknoun

anything that serves as an enticement

Hooknoun

a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

Hooknoun

a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

Hooknoun

a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer;

‘he tooks lessons to cure his hooking’;

Hooknoun

a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent

Hooknoun

a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket

Hookverb

fasten with a hook

Hookverb

rip off; ask an unreasonable price

Hookverb

make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle;

‘She sat there crocheting all day’;

Hookverb

hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left

Hookverb

take by theft;

‘Someone snitched my wallet!’;

Hookverb

make off with belongings of others

Hookverb

hit with a hook;

‘His opponent hooked him badly’;

Hookverb

catch with a hook;

‘hook a fish’;

Hookverb

to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)

Hookverb

secure with the foot;

‘hook the ball’;

Hookverb

entice and trap;

‘The car salesman had snared three potential customers’;

Hookverb

approach with an offer of sexual favors;

‘he was solicited by a prostitute’; ‘The young man was caught soliciting in the park’;

Hook

A hook is a tool consisting of a length of material, typically metal, that contains a portion that is curved or indented, such that it can be used to grab onto, connect, or otherwise attach itself onto another object. In a number of uses, one end of the hook is pointed, so that this end can pierce another material, which is then held by the curved or indented portion.

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