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hook·​up ˈhu̇k-ˌəp How to pronounce hookup (audio)
: a state of cooperation or alliance
: an assemblage (as of circuits) used for a specific purpose (such as radio transmission)
also : the plan of such an assemblage
: an arrangement of mechanical parts
also : connection
a campsite with electric, water, and sewer hookups
: an act or an instance of hooking up
especially : a casual sexual encounter

hook up

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hooked up; hooking up; hooks up

intransitive verb

: to become associated especially in a working or social relationship
The quartet hooked up in 1990 with Reggie Andrews, a high school music teacher who taught the naive group the nuts and bolts of album making and the record industry.Lorraine Ali
… achieve your next fantasy camp experience in skiing. Do so by hooking up with Olympic medalist Christin Cooper and her husband Mark Tache, a former U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Pro Tour racer.Skiing
Judy Ratner was my first best friend. We hooked up in second grade, soon after my family had moved down the block from her house, in a New Jersey suburb.Marialisa Calta
informal : to have a casual sexual encounter
… on Covert Affairs, Christopher Gorham plays a blind CIA tech operative who hooks up with lovely girls …Libby Gelman-Waxner

transitive verb

: connect
hooked up the trailer
hook up a hose to the faucet
Intrigued, the researchers hooked up an infrared video camera and let it roll overnight.Henry Fountain

Examples of hookup in a Sentence

Noun The interview will be broadcast through a satellite hookup. The cabin has electric and water hookups. Verb former classmates who hooked up and started a business together
Recent Examples on the Web
According to a seven-page complaint filed earlier this month, the trouble began after the restaurateurs leased a property at 3750 30th St., and learned the site needed a natural gas hookup and an electrical upgrade. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2024 Here was a less varnished landscape of avatars — for our co-workers, bosses, neighbors, acquaintances, hookups, bad dates and in-laws. Wesley Morris Ron Butler Emma Kehlbeck Ted Blaisdell, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Carmichael sucks the toes of a casual hookup during a postcoital debrief. Alison Herman, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024 The campground has on-site hiking trails, a swimming pool, and pet-friendly sites, along with full hookups and access to laundry and hot showers. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 14 Mar. 2024 On any other night, a surprising hookup would be good gossip—great gossip, even! Sam Reed, Glamour, 9 Jan. 2024 Admire the hardwood flooring, open spaces, views of San Francisco and exhilarating style with walls of glass that open to over 1,000 square feet of decking with barbecue hookups and enchanting views. Bang Advertising Staff and Correspondents, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 The City of Berkeley has settled a lawsuit by the California Restaurant Association to repeal that city’s first-in-the-nation ban on gas hookups in new construction, dealing a final blow to more than a hundred similar measures in California cities including Sacramento. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 25 Mar. 2024 Nearly 18 percent of customers with natural gas hookups were in arrears, with an average debt of $406. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2024
But her close pal Eden (Glazer) is in a very different stage of her life — one that involves late-night drinking and hooking up with handsome strangers. Shania Russell, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2024 Wind turbines are becoming a bigger part of the race towards a greener future—but at the same time, the technology is quickly evolving, which raises questions about how emerging turbine prototypes can be tested quickly and efficiently before they’re hooked up to power grids. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Apr. 2024 There are moving costs, but besides hooking up utilities such as electric and getting renters insurance, there are few upfront costs. Aviva Pinto, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Chmerkovskiy posted images of his X-rays, along with another of himself in a neck brace and hooked up to a drip. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 In earlier seasons — when obviously reality TV overall was different — contestants were hooking up and there was more personal drama. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2024 Despite retaining their mobility, these THOWs typically hook up to local sewer, water and electric utilities. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 The two hook up, and then Eden never hears from him. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2024 Data center operators are clamoring to hook up to regional electricity grids at the same time the Biden administration’s industrial policy is luring companies to build factories in the United States at a pace not seen in decades. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1904, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hookup was in 1903

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hook·​up ˈhu̇k-ˌəp How to pronounce hookup (audio)
: an arrangement (as of circuits) used for a specific purpose (as in radio)
: the diagram of such an arrangement
: an arrangement of mechanical parts

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