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 Meanwhile, Betty's more worried about Polly's recent disappearing act than her new students fearing her as the daughter of the Black Hood, so Archie offers to de-stress her with another secret steamy hookup. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Riverdale recap: Back to school for more epic highs and lows of high school football," 25 Feb. 2021 Malushi was part of two spectacular set pieces, the quarter-closing hookup with Schwieger and a leaping save of a ball earlier in the first that junior guard Isaiah Smith converted into a 3-point play. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, chicagotribune.com, "Loyola recruit Ben Schwieger sparks Waubonsie Valley to a 15-0 lead en route to easy win over Naperville North. All this after ‘a wake-up call.’," 24 Feb. 2021 The final touchdown hookup came with 11 seconds remaining in the half when Fields again threw a dart over the middle to Ruckert. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s unproven freshmen helped break the Clemson curse: Nathan Baird’s observations," 3 Jan. 2021 The next closest water source is a city hookup 2 miles away and would require getting permission to lay pipe across multiple private properties. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "302 Fairfield housing units sit vacant. Why? Air Force won't turn the water on," 8 Feb. 2021 Getting ghosted by a Tinder hookup has nothin’ on being kicked out of a ’57 Chevy and bein’ made to walk yourself home at night through a forest of Smokey Mountain bears. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Dolly Parton Once Faced a Forest of Bears Rather Than Hook Up With a Guy She Didn’t Like," 6 Feb. 2021 Starkel and Gaither combined on another long completion on the ensuing possession, a 48-yard hookup to the Nevada 29 — but the Spartans again could not take advantage. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "San Jose State rallies to beat Nevada, reaches Mountain West title game," 11 Dec. 2020 The two immediately start flirting — right in front of Maria Elizondo, Vinny's ex/current hookup. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Double Shot at Love: Vinny Is All Over 'Flirty Bottle Girl' Olivia in Miami — See Maria's Reaction," 13 Aug. 2020 The clinic itself just got a fiber-optic hookup in early December. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "Meet the nurse who’s running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all on her own," 4 Jan. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 3 Mar. 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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