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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gas dryers will require a gas line hookup, naturally, and electric dryers need a 208-volt connection. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, 2 July 2022 That means finding a hookup for Noah's mopey best friend Howie (Yang), and all signs are pointing to a cute doctor named Charlie (Scully). Nick Romano, EW.com, 3 June 2022 Take advantage of the park’s 30-amp full hookup, water-only and primitive campsites; screened shelters; cabin; and group facilities. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Chron, 29 May 2022 For their final week at Erin’s home, Noah is determined to get Howie to lean into the hookup culture that the area invites. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 2 June 2022 Another consumer favorite, the litter box installs easily in your bathroom or laundry room, using a cold-water hookup and a drain to flush the waste – no plumber necessary. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Experts project there will be 35 million EVs will be on the road by 2030, and even with most only requiring an occasional hookup, the need for public chargers in the coming years will swell exponentially. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 An early bird window is open through Friday for current tent reservation holders to rent any available cabin or electric or full-hookup site during the same week as their tent reservations. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2022 For the newly dry Sam, there are a lot of firsts: first sober dance, first sober hookup, first sober writing session. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hookup


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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