Main definitions of hooker in English

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hooker1

noun

  • 1Rugby
    The player in the middle of the front row of the scrum, who tries to hook the ball.

    • ‘The changes included a first cap for substitute flank Tim Dullane and a complete reshuffle of the front-row to accommodate reserve hooker Hanyani Shimange.’
    • ‘The man who stood out in the lineouts against the Italians was new captain Bobby Skinstad, but the wet conditions will make it difficult for the hookers to get the ball in straight when throwing at the back.’
    • ‘Paul was impressive last week against Salford after switching from scrum half to hooker early on after Aaron Smith suffered a head injury.’
    • ‘Pratt can play in a number of positions - wing, stand-off, hooker or even loose forward.’
    • ‘And of course there was the odd little bit of wizardry with the ball that hookers are not supposed even to contemplate never mind attempt.’
  • 2North American informal A prostitute.

    • ‘Pimping, hookers, all sexual acts and explicit language have been censored in the Australian version.’
    • ‘The bad news is that he was with a woman who looked like a hooker.’
    • ‘She winced at the sight of them, holding onto his hand out of fear that they would grab her and lead her into their world of hookers and prostitutes.’
    • ‘Because the work is demanding and intimate, they see themselves as closer to therapists than to hookers - and have deep, long-lasting ties to their regulars.’
    • ‘Since Street Watch, which involves recording information about kerb crawlers and hookers, was launched in 2001, the number of prostitutes on Swindon streets has fallen from more than 20 to four or five.’
    • ‘I asked him if he had slept with this girl, a hooker on cocaine stripping for a living.’
    • ‘I left the front desk and spotted a sexy hooker hanging out on a nearby bench.’
    • ‘On the other end of the spectrum is Tim, 47, a writer, who confessed to his now-wife that he used to see street hookers regularly.’
    • ‘The subject matter alone - serial killers and kinky hookers - could have sent the film spiraling into sensationalism.’
    • ‘Who was the dude in New York that fell in love with a hooker?’
    • ‘Many of the 20 or so minor characters - various thugs, hookers, a pimp and a porn director - are forgettable clichés.’
    • ‘No, instead he walks on and starts up a conversation with a hooker on the next street corner.’
    • ‘It was barely mid afternoon and the hookers on the streets were already on call, as if they needed to reach a quota before the next morning.’
    • ‘It's full of hookers and prostitutes, and you may even be lured into their traps.’
    • ‘Someone should tell this man that it might be cheaper and easier to locate a caring hooker at a brothel.’
    • ‘The Europa was a strip joint, drug den and haven for hookers, particularly under-age girls.’
    • ‘According to a 1999 study on street prostitution, the city has about 500 hookers plying their trade openly.’
    • ‘And I'm not even going to think about the people who think that hookers are fair game.’
    • ‘Next thing he's going to be cheating on me with hookers or lap dancers.’
    • ‘When driving the seedier strips in Hollywood, I no longer look at the prostitutes on the street as mere hookers but as potential victims in a mechanized criminal network.’

Pronunciation:

hooker

/ˈhʊkə/

Main definitions of hooker in English

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hooker2

noun

  • 1A one-masted sailing boat of a kind used especially in Ireland for fishing.

    • ‘Galway's traditional fishing vessel known as 'the hooker', is an intricate piece of craftsmanship and the sight of her strikingly elegant sails has always been a feature of Galway Bay.’
    • ‘Hookers were used throughout the West of Ireland for over a hundred years, as both fishing boats and cargo vessels.’
    1. 1.1Nautical
      informal An old boat.
      • ‘The sun burned through the haze of the spume filled sky as the gallant old hooker drove down each wave.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Dutch hoeker, from hoek hook (used earlier in hoekboot, denoting a two-masted Dutch fishing vessel).

Pronunciation:

hooker

/ˈhʊkə/

Main definitions of hooker in English

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hooker3

noun

North american
informal
  • A glass or drink of undiluted brandy, whisky, or other alcoholic spirit.

    ‘he took the bottle out and poured them each a stiff hooker’
    • ‘When he hung up, he poured himself a stiff hooker of gin.’
    • ‘After this surprising display of gratitude he took his guests into the house and treated them to a couple of stiff hookers of excellent cognac.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

hooker

/ˈhʊkə/