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 In fact, Kaley believes that the CBS sitcom's creator Chuck Lorre was writing in more hookup scenes just to mess with the duo in real life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2021 For example, narrow city streets meant breaking down the project into 28 modules, creating more on-site hookup work than expected. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Analyses of cellphone data obtained by a conservative Catholic blog seemed to show priests at multiple levels of the Catholic hierarchy in both the United States and the Vatican using the gay hookup app Grindr. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 At Factory Zero, another Dutch enterprise, engineers have designed a single rooftop module that houses an electric boiler for hot water, heat pump to warm the home, a smart meter and a solar power hookup. Willem Marx, Scientific American, 29 July 2021 Clearly, the Olympian has the hookup for this Summer's cutest bikinis. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 21 Aug. 2021 Amenities include full hookup, fire pit, Wi-Fi, fishing, and self-launching boat ramp. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2021 Their second scoring hookup came via a 20-yard screen pass with less than a second left in the first quarter. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 22 Aug. 2021 There is just one Prat-Rispoli hookup in the sixth race in the two favorites #10 and #11. Jeff Nahill, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021

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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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2 Oct 2021

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“Hookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hookup. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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