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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Hard times for the hake and pilchard, next on the U.S. shopping list.
▪ October came and with it the hake, caught with the pilchard nets but some also on hook and line.
▪ The planned 75 % reduction in the permitted catch of hake was whittled down to 41 %.
▪ This includes an extra 750 tonnes of haddock and 800 tonnes of hake.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hake \Hake\ (h[=a]k), n. [See Hatch a half door.] A drying shed, as for unburned tile.


Hake \Hake\, n. [Also haak.] [Akin to Norweg. hakefisk, lit., hook fish, Prov. E. hake hook, G. hecht pike. See Hook.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera Phycis, Merlucius, and allies. The common European hake is Merlucius vulgaris; the American silver hake or whiting is Merlucius bilinearis. Two American species ( Phycis chuss and Phycis tenius) are important food fishes, and are also valued for their oil and sounds. Called also squirrel hake, and codling.


Hake \Hake\ (h[=a]k), v. i. To loiter; to sneak. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of sea fish, c.1300, probably from Old English haca "a hook, door-fastening" (related to hacod "pike" the fish), or from cognate Old Norse haki "hook;" in either case the fish so called from the shape of its jaw; both from Proto-Germanic *hakan- (cognate with Dutch hake "hook"), from PIE root *keg- "hook, tooth" (see hook (n.)).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context Now chiefly dialectal English) A hook; a pot-hook. 2 (context Now chiefly dialectal English) A kind of weapon; a pike. 3 (context Now chiefly dialectal English) (context in the plural English) The draught-irons of a plough. Etymology 2

alt. One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera (taxlink Phycis genus noshow=1), ''Merluccius'', and allies. n. One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera (taxlink Phycis genus noshow=1), ''Merluccius'', and allies. Etymology 3

n. A drying shed, as for unburned tile. Etymology 4

vb. (context UK dialect English) To loiter; to sneak.

  1. n. the lean flesh of a fish similar to cod

  2. any of several marine food fishes related to cod


The term hake refers to fish in either of:

  • Family Merlucciidae of northern and southern oceans
  • Family Phycidae (sometimes subfamily Phycinae in family Gadidae) of the northern oceans
Hake (surname)

Hake, or Hakes, is a surname of English and Nordic origin, with Hakes being patronymic from Hake (Hakeson/Hakesonn). The origins of Hake(s) are said to derive from the Old Norse word haki, which is cognate with the word 'hook' and given originally to someone in the fishing trade.

The surname also derives from the Northern Germanic surname Haack, which is a name from Middle Low Germanhake . The surname was first recorded in the eastern counties of England and originated under the pre-9th century Danish-Norwegian Viking influence.

Usage examples of "hake".

Mat was watching Hake as if he suspected some trap, but he gave no sign of wanting to give up The Dancing Cartman for a bed under a hedge.

When Hake nodded at them, their eyes shifted to Rand and Mat, flat and expressionless.

The way Hake carried on, screaming and shaking the woman involved, he always considered it her fault, and the teary eyes and stammered apologies said she was willing to accept his opinion.

The women jumped whenever Hake frowned, even if he was looking somewhere else.

And he could not see how Hake could give them any trouble while the common room was full, and getting fuller.

As they were stepping down from the low platform, Hake came bustling up, anger twisting his narrow face.

He wondered if Hake had decided he wanted the sword and the flute badly enough to forgo keeping the crowd in the common room.

Later, Mat mouthed, and they gathered their things under the watchful eyes of Hake, Strom, and Jak.

As long as the common room was full of people, Hake could not send Jak and Strom after them, but as long as the common room was full of people they could not get away without Hake knowing.

Mat glared at Hake, at Strom, at Jak, without a care to whether they noticed or wondered why.

All those eyes looking at him: Hake and Jak and Strom like vultures watching a sheep caught in a bog, Gode waiting like something even worse.

Gode cornered Hake for a moment, and Hake called one of the women to show him to a room.

If Hake had already locked the back door, running now would only begin what he was hoping to avoid.

Only the lamp Hake carried, silhouetting Jak and Strom, gave him the courage to keep on.

Hake and his bullies went through, and he followed quickly, before they could have a chance to set a trap, but Hake merely lifted the lamp high and gestured at the room.