hookup

noun
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

verb
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

It's got full RV hookups — rare in a national park — and is a five-minute walk from Jackson Lake. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 Annie, the main character based on West in her hilarious memoir, realizes her period is late after an unprotected hookup with her shady nonboyfriend. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "What Shrill Gets Right—and Wrong—About the Morning-After Pill Weight Limit," 15 Mar. 2019 Sensitivities on all sets are particularly high, but the movement has brought to the surface the problematic nature of once-accepted on-set practices while filming hookups. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 2019 Could this mean that the KUWTK star is confirming that the hookup actually happened?!?! Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Wait, Did Khloé Kardashian Just Confirm That Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Hooked Up?," 20 Feb. 2019 Whether this guy is a one-time hookup or a new flame, the Rihanna Navy is here for it. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Was Spotted Kissing a New Man and Twitter Is Rejoicing," 27 June 2017 The ads for legal hookups, dates, one-night stands, and relationships that sites like Craigslist enabled have all been silenced. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In Daniels’s description, this was an unremarkable hookup between two people in the outer orbits of Hollywood fame. Washington Post, "‘I have to see you again’: How Trump’s alleged affair with a porn star spilled into public view," 8 Mar. 2018 Just about every Kennedy delighted in adulterous hookups while in office, and girls on the side have followed President Clinton from Little Rock to this day, tarnishing his reputation but not his legacy. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of hookup

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1907, in the meaning defined above

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hookup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hookup

: an arrangement or part by which pieces of equipment can be connected

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