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 retailer has a hookup planned with Athena Calderone, an interior designer, author and creative director, and a social media push with key U.S. influencers, who will talk about the Mytheresa experience through June. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, "Mytheresa CEO Talks Growth In The U.S. And Why Consumers Will Be Dressing Up Again," 20 Apr. 2021 Even for smaller projects hookup fees, set back rules, and other requirements can turn a buildable site into an infeasible project. Roger Valdez, Forbes, "Using Incentives To Create Lower Rents," 6 Apr. 2021 Wells estimates the hookup improvement ratio is 7:1. Steve Culton, Field & Stream, "6 Things Salt Water Fly Anglers can Learn from Plug Fishermen," 9 Mar. 2021 The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced a $3 increase for electric and full hookup campsites at select state parks, in effect during the busy camping season from May 28 to Sept. 6. oregonlive, "RV campers will pay a little more at some Oregon state parks in 2021," 9 Mar. 2021 The tube ends at an oxygen hookup in the wall of the other room. Matt Rivers, CNN, "Signs of collapse across Brazil as Covid spirals out of control. Bolsonaro seems to have little response," 27 Mar. 2021 In the story, a woman named Rena mourns the loss of her sister against the rom-com backdrop of a missing groom, a road trip and an interracial wedding party hookup. Washington Post, "The Office of Historical Corrections," 15 Jan. 2021 If amusement parks aren't your thing, head to the RV campground's Lake Erie beachfront or sit back and relax at your site, which has a full hookup, cable, and Wi-Fi. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "9 Most Beautiful RV Campgrounds in the U.S., According to Experts," 8 Mar. 2021 Their hookup is oh-so-rudely interrupted, however, by some teens starting a trash can fire in the middle of the Riverdale High hallway. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Riverdale recap: Back to school for more epic highs and lows of high school football," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of hookup was circa 1879

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29 Apr 2021

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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