• To attach a hook to.
  • To catch with a hook .
  • To work yarn into a fabric using a hook; to crochet.
  • To insert in a curved way reminiscent of a hook.
  • To ensnare or obligate someone, as if with a hook.
  • To steal.
  • To connect (hook into, hook together).
  • To make addicted; to captivate.
  • To play a hook shot.
  • To succeed in heeling the ball back out of a scrum (used particularly of the team's designated hooker).
  • To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player)
  • To swerve a ball; kick or throw a ball so it swerves or bends.
  • To engage in prostitution.
  • To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.
  • To finesse.
  • To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
  • To move or go with a sudden turn.


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  • From Middle English hoke, from Old English hōc, from Proto-West Germanic *hōk, from Proto-Germanic *hōkaz, variant of *hakô, probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kog-, *keg-, *keng-.
  • Compare West Frisian heak, Dutch haak) (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoek, Low German, Huuk); also related to hake.

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