Meaning of skyhook in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskʌɪhʊk/


  • 1A device or piece of equipment for lifting or suspending something high in the air.

    1. 1.1 dated Used humorously to refer to the apparent means by which an aircraft remains airborne.
  • 2Basketball
    A very high-arcing hook shot.

    • ‘Well you can't beat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook, the single most unstoppable shot in the game's history.’
  • 3Climbing
    A small flattened hook, with an eye for attaching a rope, fixed temporarily into a rock face.

    ‘One of the favourites was to ask the young lads for some skyhooks.’
    • ‘With small cams, two bolts and some skyhooking he had managed 10 meters, before the nut of one skyhook he was standing on opened.’