- 1[transitive, intransitive] to fasten or hang something on something else using a hook; to be fastened or hanging in this way hook something + adv./prep. We hooked the trailer to the back of the car. + adv./prep. a dress that hooks at the back
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to put something, especially your leg, arm or finger, around something else so that you can hold onto it or move it; to go around something else in this way hook something + adv./prep. He hooked his foot under the stool and dragged it over. She hooked her arm through her sister’s. He managed to hook his fingers under the stone. Her thumbs were hooked into the pockets of her jeans. Hook the rope through your belt. + adv./prep. Suddenly an arm hooked around my neck.
- 3[transitive] hook something to catch a fish with a hook It was the biggest pike I ever hooked. (figurative) She had managed to hook a wealthy husband.
- 4[transitive] hook something (especially in golf, cricket or football (soccer )) to hit or kick a ball so that it goes to one side instead of straight ahead He hooked his drive into the trees. I hooked the first ball for a six. He hooked his shot over the bar. Try and hook the ball around the defenders. Word Origin Old English hōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoek
BrE BrE//hʊk//; NAmE NAmE//hʊk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hook
BrE BrE//hʊk//; NAmE NAmE//hʊk//he / she / it hooks
BrE BrE//hʊks//; NAmE NAmE//hʊks//past simple hooked
BrE BrE//hʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//hʊkt//past participle hooked
BrE BrE//hʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//hʊkt//-ing form hooking
BrE BrE//ˈhʊkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʊkɪŋ//