Definition of hooked in English:



  • 1Curved like a hook.

    ‘a golden eagle with hooked beak’
    • ‘Its legs and feet are bright yellow, as is its large, hooked bill.’
    • ‘He was elderly gentleman, with slicked back gray hair, and a slightly hooked nose.’
    • ‘The youngest children were always afraid of him, for he looked so odd and menacing with his one eye, crooked back, hooked nose and black cloak.’
    • ‘My nose is thin, but more hooked than I would like.’
    • ‘Also, one can spot grey hornbills, with their hooked beaks perched on the branches in meditative silence.’
    • ‘His long, curved neck, wrinkled face and hooked nose gave him an appearance similar to that of a vulture.’
    • ‘She's probably got a hooked nose, a pointed hat, a large black cauldron, a broomstick and a black cat.’
    • ‘Her hair was a creamy light brown - almost blond - and her eyes shone bright green over a slightly hooked nose.’
    • ‘It's a griffin, definitely, with a hooked, grey beak like an eagle, a sleek, furred head and the unmistakable outline of wings behind it, all purple.’
    • ‘Shrikes use their hooked bills to break the necks of vertebrate prey.’
    • ‘He cursed the vultures circling above his head, for he knew now his flesh would soon be torn to pieces by their cruel hooked beaks and he could hope for no salvation, nor a proper funeral pyre.’
    • ‘This week, in the run up to Hallowe'en, she will be donning a witch's hat and a hooked nose.’
    • ‘Then she was behind him, holding a hooked blade at his neck.’
    • ‘With their hooked beaks they would scoop out small fish and algae and then gobble it up in a hurry.’
    • ‘He is said to have a long face, sunken cheeks, a long protruding chin and a large hooked nose.’
    • ‘He had the same light gray eyes and handsome, slightly hooked nose.’
    • ‘He was rather pale, with a hooked nose and dark gray eyes.’
    • ‘Barrie's eyes were cold, hard, and dark gazing out at her from over a hooked nose.’
    • ‘Sister Helen was a small woman with a bit of a hooked nose and bright blue eyes, the same who had nursed Carl's mother at the end.’
    • ‘He had short hair, and looked like an imp with a hooked nose.’
    • ‘She looked up; her hearing almost restored and saw a man in his late fifties with thick black hair streaked with white and glasses perched on the tip of a hooked nose.’
    • ‘He sits across from a fortune-teller's scarf-wrapped hair, hooked nose, big hoop earrings.’
    • ‘The first was 6ft tall, in his mid 20s with fairly short, mousy brown hair and a large hooked nose.’
    • ‘He sipped it for a moment, his large, scarred knuckles barely fitting into the hooked handle on the side of the cup.’
    • ‘These owls have large heads, large, slightly elongated eyes, a short, hooked bill that points downwards.’
    curved, hook-shaped, hook-like, aquiline, bent, bowed, angular
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    1. 1.1Having a hook or hooks.
      ‘a hooked gold earring’
      • ‘This design has a hooked clasp and the strands are not woven, but left loose to resemble an armful of beaded bangles.’
      • ‘When dry, the gold is burnished with a hooked or rounded tool called a burnisher.’
      • ‘The hooked tool works well but is limited in the cuts it can make.’
  • 2informal Addicted.

    ‘a girl who got hooked on cocaine’
    • ‘He describes himself as addicted to optimism, and his ministry is about getting everyone else hooked on it too.’
    • ‘I just didn't realize that I'd be so irreversibly hooked so quickly.’
    • ‘Although Colin Byrne was hooked on golf from an early age his transformation into one of the world's leading caddies was more accident than destiny.’
    • ‘They discovered that those rats given a high-fat diet became hooked and displayed symptoms similar to those of a drug addict deprived of their fix if their fat was taken away.’
    • ‘They are junkies, hooked on trivia, stimulation and scandal.’
    • ‘And I smoked a little bit in the Marine Corps, but never really got hooked, for which I'm very thankful.’
    • ‘From the moment their grans pop the first illicit chocolate button in their drooling mouths, children are hooked, and parental censure only sharpens their appetite.’
    • ‘It is a place where drug dealers get rich and lazy, by selling tiny doses of drugs to hooked customers with up to 20 people an hour queuing at the door to buy.’
    • ‘I guarantee that they will be well and truly hooked!’
    • ‘But of course he got hooked on crack before we could go out and do it.’
    • ‘If you know someone who might need help with weight control, suggest a free consultation to get him or her hooked on an exercise plan.’
    addicted to, dependent on, with a … habit
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    1. 2.1Devoted to or absorbed in something.
      ‘cricket fans are currently hooked on a series of college matches’
      • ‘They were both hooked on the show even though Meredith and Brad liked to make fun of them for it.’
      • ‘After I read the first book I was hooked on the series and even though it is written for teens, it was something that I found extremely interesting to read.’
      • ‘I must admit I am still hooked on the series, the developing characters and their ongoing, individual stories.’
      • ‘The sagas attracted huge audiences, hooked on every clichéd twist and turn of the predictable plot.’
      • ‘I just received my copy, sat down to read a little and got hooked, working my way through the entire thing before I put it down.’
      very keen on, very enthusiastic about, devoted to, addicted to, obsessed with, fixated on, fanatical about
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  • 3(of a rug or mat) made by pulling woollen yarn through canvas with a hook.

    • ‘There were many guest rooms, each with a white linen cover on the bed, a table, a chair, white curtains, an oval hooked rug next to the bed.’
    • ‘One of the most colorful and idiosyncratic expressions of American folk art is the hooked rug.’
    • ‘The unusual hooked rug at the top on the right dates from 1900 to 1910 and was found in Saugerties, New York.’
    • ‘The American hooked rug dates to the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The hooked rug depicting a spirited horse is late nineteenth-century American.’
    • ‘Today hooked rugs survive in some quantity, but folk art collectors are much more likely to hang early examples on their walls than put them on the floor.’