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 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 There are no electric or water hookups, but there are restrooms and showers. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "America’s newest national park, Indiana Dunes, is also the closest one to Milwaukee," 20 Feb. 2019 Using the remote hookups, immigration judges in cities across the country can adjudicate their cases. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "New Texas courts open for migrants forced to stay in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2019 Campsites: Pull-through and back-in full-hookup RV sites, electric and water sites, cabins, two-and-three bedroom model RVs. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "10 spots to camp on Lake Erie’s Ohio shores," 10 Sep. 2019 Rodgers to Davante Adams might be the best fantasy hookup of the season. Dr. Roto, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: QB Rankings and Tiers," 26 Aug. 2019 While the hookup was happening, Alex showed up to the function to buy steroids from Bryce. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "13 Reasons Why season 3 binge recap," 23 Aug. 2019 In addition to the swimming pool, gift and grocery store, and tot lot playground, all 93 of their sites feature full hookups, plus cable TV, wi-fi and pristine bathrooms. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "With a pool and grocery store, Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina in Abingdon isn’t just a campground," 22 Aug. 2019 The bid for the project was $363,000, and the district paid for the municipal hookup, Lindberg said. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "E. coli and coliform bacteria were found in Lannon Elementary's well. Here's what the district did.," 20 Aug. 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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18 Oct 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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