hook·​up | \ˈhu̇k-ˌəp \

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

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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

The idealistic, younger Helen’s altruistic love for the Basts yields a home-wrecking pity hookup. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Howards End Is the Anti–Handmaid’s Tale," 17 May 2018 Dryers with this feature may require a water hookup, like to your washer inlet hose. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Dryer Terms," 8 Sep. 2011 Women were found to orgasm 32 percent as often as men in first time hookups and 72 percent as often in relationships. Laurie Mintz, Philly.com, "The orgasm gap explained: Why she's just not as into it," 18 May 2018 Vivian might want something more than no-strings hookups. Bill Holderman, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Book Club,’ Women, Wine and the Pursuit of More," 16 May 2018 The garage will be built with valet services, electric car hookups and a lit tower clock — adding to the city's small-town Main Street feel. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Parks, roads and more: 7 projects on the horizon for Gilbert taxpayers," 10 May 2018 On stage, Zuckerberg stressed that Dating focuses on finding meaningful relationships rather than hookups. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Dating Looks a Lot Like Hinge," 3 May 2018 Accompanied by some static, the voice of Cole Pearn, Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief, popped across their radio hookup in the final stage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 last month at Sonoma Raceway. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing," 9 July 2018 Brassaï captured both high and low society: beautiful couples and couture shows as well as the grittier side of Parisian nightlife, including hookups in bars and moments in brothels. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Photographer Who Captured 1930s Paris Nightlife," 10 May 2018

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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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