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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her character, Cassie, has had her fair share of hookup scenes this season thanks to her budding situationship relationship with Nate Jacobs, which means Sydney had to lose clothes for some scenes. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 26 Jan. 2022 Amid all these beaus, tucked away in plain sight, was Miranda's on-and-off-hookup-turned-husband Steve Brady, an affable, glasses-sporting bar owner and basketball fan with a thick Brooklyn accent. Emma Specter, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2022 Because the house has solar, the local government isn’t prioritizing a hookup. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Rinseless and waterless washes are ideal for those without access to a water hookup or for folks looking to reduce their water usage. Duncan Brady, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2022 Toseland appeared by video hookup from the Clark County Detention Center, where he has been held without bail since his arrest Feb. 22. Fox News, 8 Apr. 2022 On The Challenge: Total Madness, Kailah's hookup with Stephen Bear — and her subsequent breakup with her boyfriend at home — were featured. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 14 Mar. 2022 That hookup turns out to be the new-in-town (and notably underage) Jules. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 25 Jan. 2022 That first-half hookup was one of two on the night. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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