hook·​up | \ ˈhu̇k-ˌəp How to pronounce hookup (audio) \

Definition of hookup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of cooperation or alliance
2 : an assemblage (as of circuits) used for a specific purpose (such as radio transmission) also : the plan of such an assemblage
3 : an arrangement of mechanical parts also : connection a campsite with electric, water, and sewer hookups
4 : an act or an instance of hooking up especially : a casual sexual encounter

hook up

hooked up; hooking up; hooks up

Definition of hook up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become associated especially in a working, social, or sexual relationship

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Examples of hookup in a Sentence

Noun The interview will be broadcast through a satellite hookup. The cabin has electric and water hookups. Verb how that odd couple ever hooked up we'll never know
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The contribution arrived in conjunction with a speech that Trump made via satellite hookup to a Pinchuk Foundation conference in Kyiv. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "The final chapter: Judge's ruling that Donald Trump must pay $2 million to charities ends troubled foundation's saga," 10 Nov. 2019 Without question, analysts say, the flood of new streaming services will cause more people to cancel traditional cable and satellite hookups. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Netflix Was Only the Start: Disney Streaming Service Shakes an Industry," 10 Nov. 2019 Bouquet’s effervescent intellect lends a philosophical air to urban strolling and digital scrolling; hookup apps and YouTube catalyze meditations on time’s indifference to human affairs, and even solitude is erotically charged. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 5 Nov. 2019 News of Gina and Matt’s hookup had already spread amongst the Housewives, after a friend of Tamra Judge’s caught Gina and Matt making out on said date. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Gina Kirschenheiter Admits She Slept with Her Ex-Husband Months Before Domestic Violence Charges," 29 Oct. 2019 Watson's kissing session puts rumors of a Draco Malfoy hookup to rest. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Watson Packs on the PDA with a Mystery Man in London," 26 Oct. 2019 Camping: $25 per night for campsite, $40 for RV hookup. Scott Craven, azcentral, "There's still time to see Bedrock City before it becomes Raptor Ranch," 18 Oct. 2019 Play of the game: No doubt the touchdown hookup between Jordan and Agee sealed the deal for the Wolves. al, "Vigor defense stymies Class 7A Murphy," 28 Sep. 2019 Residents might invest tens of thousands of dollars — either by choice or under threat of eviction — in a mobile home that, in reality, isn’t likely to move from its initial hookup. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hookup


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1907, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of hookup was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of hookup

: an arrangement or part by which pieces of equipment can be connected

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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