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


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

You may be challenged to find common ground with a business contact but will most likely know how to strike the right notes with a new hookup or romantic partner. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 23, 2019: Gemini, speak from your heart; Capricorn, think about making key changes," 23 Aug. 2019 These applications requested money for hookups to city water systems: Cottage Grove applied for $7.1 million for River Acres, a road along the Mississippi River; and $2 million along Granada Avenue. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "3M’s $850 million settlement could support city water connections," 9 Aug. 2019 Another ongoing series includes nude portraits of men, most of them white, whom Xu scouted out on hookup apps. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Chinese Photographer’s Secret Installations Inside His Parents’ Home," 4 Aug. 2019 The app has single-tap search for nearby RV parks, campgrounds on public lands, free camping sites, RV hookups, overnight parking and dump stations. Joshua Berman, The Know, "10 app and websites to make booking your next camping trip easier," 31 July 2019 The trucks have access to power hookups, a potable-water source and disposal of gray water — water that's been used to wash dishes and so on. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Zocalo food truck park in Walker's Point opens to the public Saturday," 11 July 2019 Bad hookups, spending all my money on martinis, having the clap every other month of my life. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 The yurt, however, does have electricity, a cable-TV hookup and high-speed internet. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 Steer clear of new hookups and don't fiddle around with your banking. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 7, 2019: Aquarius, put things in proportion; Capricorn, balance the heavy load," 7 July 2019

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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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