hookup

noun
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

hook up

verb

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

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 One cable to provide better graphics, a hookup to my triple-head monitors, charging, and wired access to my home network? Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 23 Nov. 2018 Yet All County charged Fred Trump rent on the same mobile boilers Eastmond was providing for free, along with hookup fees, disconnection fees, transportation fees and operating and maintenance fees, records show. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Even just the highs and lows and fallout of a hookup is so difficult to deal with sometimes. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Swiping on Tinder is addictive. That’s partly because it was inspired by an experiment that ‘turned pigeons into gamblers.’," 19 Sep. 2018 The bar was a hookup spot, and the backgrounds of its patrons were diverse — doctors, lawyers, longshoremen, hustlers, husbands, fathers. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 This single is a funny, low-key hookup song, a perfect antidote to all Drake’s bald thirst. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "What Songs Should You Listen To on Scorpion?," 29 June 2018

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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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