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

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 Relationships on every level, from hookup to spouse, require give and take. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "You Might Be Guilty of This Dating Red Flag," 18 Apr. 2018 So, watch the full-length trailer below to find out why our dystopian future just might be made of blissful hookups and panicked, forest-set cardio. refinery29.com, "Here's The Trailer For Netflix's Next Addictive YA Thrill Ride, The Rain," 22 Mar. 2018 But there are a few decent options — with stronger safety features and less of a sketchy hookup culture happening — out there for the under-21 crowd. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "The 5 Best Dating Apps for Teens," 28 Feb. 2018 Be aware that multiple hookups can occur when the tunas are chummed up and in a feeding frenzy. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Fishing for blackfin tunas? Here is a great and fun place in the Florida Keys to do that," 14 June 2018 Apps in general have trouble welcoming all users Unfortunately, hookup apps often become hostile, alienating online environments. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Queer Women Like to Fuck, Too — So Why Don't We Have Better Hookup Apps?," 2 June 2018 While some parents might suggest to their children that hookups are the problem — that getting into a relationship will solve everything — that’s the wrong answer, according to Wade. Katja Vujic, BostonGlobe.com, "In college relationships, ‘caring isn’t just absent, it’s off-script’," 21 Mar. 2018 Stoute helped facilitate the hookup after Gucci showed an inflated coat on its 2017 cruise runway that was widely seen as derivative of one of Day’s signature pieces. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hypewear steps up with Steve Stoute’s Stashed boutique," 18 Jan. 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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