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

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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 Their hookup is, simply put, painful to watch, and essentially consists of George getting himself off while kissing Leila’s neck and half-heartedly petting her. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Grand Army Recaps," 19 Oct. 2020 The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel on Friday, not only awarded Nelson $165,000 in back wages but requires the trucking company to apologize to her either in person or via video hookup. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Fired female truck driver wins gender discrimination award from Twin Cities company," 19 Oct. 2020 The dorm hookup, once a staple of college, has mostly become a thing of the past. Washington Post, "College students are still finding romance in a pandemic, through Zoom crushes and actual dates," 13 Oct. 2020 Eventually, Brandt acknowledges that the hookup took place. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Brilliant Awkwardness of “Pen15”," 28 Sep. 2020 The red hot relationship was burned into fans' brains thanks to their hookup in the show's seventh episode. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 57 Most Graphic and Gorgeous Sex Scenes on TV," 24 Sep. 2020 Most TVs boast powerful signals, but your apps and usage are tied to your WiFi, and a weaker hookup could result in tedious buffering. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best smart TV of 2020," 19 Sep. 2020 Wells with readings below that threshold wouldn’t be eligible for treatment or a replacement hookup to a municipal supply. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "$700 million plan unveiled to deal with 'forever chemicals' in east metro drinking water," 10 Sep. 2020 The park also offers trails, full hookup camping, swimming, and more. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "10 Hidden Gem Attractions in Florida That Won't Be Too Crowded," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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