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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

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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 Essentials: Toilet and potable water, water and sewer hookups, power available (bring 80-foot or longer extension cord), campfires and pets OK. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Arizona's coolest campsites: How to book an Airstream, a bubble tent or an alpaca farm," 10 Jan. 2020 News outlets covered hookup culture, rape culture, car culture ... the list goes on. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "What Merriam-Webster's words of the year say about the past decade," 21 Dec. 2019 There are also off-grid plots, R.V. hookups, Airstreams, yurts, ski huts, farmhouses, tepees, tiny homes, tree houses, cabins, and cottages. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019 Power lines hung in low, anarchic bundles—informal hookups to the grid. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 Some of the 'glamping' amenities are toilets, a shower, Wi-Fi and electric hookups. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio campsite chosen as one of the top 10 locations to enjoy the outdoors in 2020," 16 Jan. 2020 Henceforth, new homes in these communities will require all-electric hookups. Will Swaim, National Review, "Can California Top Its Most Ironic Political Stories of 2019?," 3 Jan. 2020 Through satellite hookups, the event will be beamed to over 100 sites across the globe. USA TODAY, "Navajo ‘Baby Shark,’ Stanley Hotel, final ‘Plunge for Pete’: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2019 In Swipe report, users between the ages of 18 and 24, who now make up the majority of the dating and hookup app’s users, were 66% more likely than millennials to mention issues like climate change, gun control, or social justice in their bios. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Gen-Zers on Tinder want someone to march with, not just match with," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of hookup was circa 1879

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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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