Definition of boathook in US English:

boathook

noun

  • A long pole with a hook and a spike at one end, used for fending off or pulling a boat.

    • ‘A Bible, kept for the purpose, was handed from shore to ship at the end of a boathook for the declaration.’
    • ‘If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore?’
    • ‘Shelton handed the boathook to Angus and point at the buoy.’
    • ‘They were dragged across the ice with boathooks.’
    • ‘A yachtsman, who had been seeking shelter, had used his boathook to keep her afloat.’

Pronunciation

boathook

/ˈbōtho͝ok//ˈboʊthʊk/