KJV Dictionary Definition: hook


HOOK, n.

1. A piece of iron or other metal bent into a curve for catching, holding and sustaining any thing; as a hook for catching fish; a teeter-hook; a chimney-hook; a pot-hook, &c.

2. A snare; a trap.

3. A curving instrument for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an instrument for cutting or lopping.

4. That part of a hinge which is fixed or inserted in a post. Whence the phrase, to be off the hooks, to be unhinged, to be disturbed or disordered.

5. A forked timber in a ship, placed on the keel.

6. A catch; an advantage. Vulgar.

7. In husbandry, a field sown two years running. Local.

By hook and by crook, one way or other; by any means, direct or indirect.

HOOK, v.t. To catch with a hook; as, to hook a fish.

1. To seize and draw, as with a hook.

2. To fasten with a hook.

3. To entrap; to ensnare.

4. To draw by force or artifice.

To hook on, to apply a hook.

HOOK, v.i. To bend; to be curving.


HOOK'ED, a. Bent into the form of a hook; curvated. The claws of a beast are hooked.

1. Bent; curvated; aquiline; as a hooked nose.

HOOK'ED, pp. Caught with a hook; fastened with a hook.


HOOK'ING, ppr. Catching with a hook; fastening with a hook.