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


The interview will be broadcast through a satellite hookup. The cabin has electric and water hookups.


how that odd couple ever hooked up we'll never know
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Steer clear of new hookups and don't fiddle around with your banking. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 7, 2019: Aquarius, put things in proportion; Capricorn, balance the heavy load," 7 July 2019 Instead, places such as Westchester County, along with parts of New England, are facing moratoriums on new gas hookups. Robert Bryce, National Review, "Cuomo’s Silly War on Natural Gas," 28 June 2019 This also meant that professional and personal relationships were blurry; hookups and romantic relationships among staffers were common and fodder for talk. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "Frat Feminism: Inside The Rise And Fall Of Babe.Net," 25 June 2019 Some sites offer electricity, while full hookups also include water and sewer service for RVs. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 The popular dating app is known more for hookups and helping people stay single than for finding long-term relationships. Washington Post, "Tinder has more matchmaking power than your BFF. But dating apps aren’t necessarily your friends.," 19 June 2019 There is an automated front driveway gate, as well as an RV hookup with electrical, boat and RV parking, and newer composition roof. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Cambrian Park home nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac," 17 June 2019 The original bad girl of Southern Charm had her fair share of hookups before becoming a mom of two. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Southern Charm: The Official Guide to Who's Hooked Up with Whom," 12 June 2019 None have electric or water hookups, but the campground has restrooms and showers. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trails, beaches and more things to do in Indiana Dunes National Park," 20 Feb. 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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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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