- a sexual encounter without a long-term commitment: I’m over these college boys who are only interested in meaningless hookups.
- a person with whom one has such an encounter: I ran into an old hookup at the club, but I pretended not to remember her.
- a supplier of illicit goods, usually drugs: My hookup is getting out of the game—can you introduce me to your guy?
- access to illegal drugs: When you are trying to score on the street it is easy to see who has the hookup.
Origin of hookup
How to use hookup in a sentence
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem|David Levesley|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If the oft-talked-about college “hook-up culture” could be embodied by a place, it would be Shooters.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They “hook up” in a manner that makes the casual sex of the 1960s seem like an arranged marriage in Oman.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham|P. J. O’Rourke|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When you met him on Tinder were you initially thinking of this as a hook-up or a relationship?Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was never meant to be a “hook-up app” so he knew that about me.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He addressed Gus, who was laying out the hook-up for a crystal set.Radio Boys Loyalty|Wayne Whipple
Without further delay she permitted Fay to return her service of a while ago and hook up the pretty foulard.Find the Woman|Arthur Somers Roche
But nobody knows why it is that the four slowest players in every club always manage to hook up in a sort of permanent alliance.Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
For five minutes, he alternately growled into the mouth-piece and moved the hook up and down.Walking Shadows|Alfred Noyes
If you mean marryin' I'd sooner see you hook up team with that red-haired gal than anything in the world I ever set two eyes on.The Man in the Twilight|Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for hookup
Other Idioms and Phrases with hookup
Assemble or wire a mechanism, as in Dick helped us hook up the stereo system. [1920s]
Connect a mechanism with a main source, as in The computer had not yet been hooked up to the mainframe. [1920s]
hook up with. Form a tie or association, as in She had hooked up with the wrong crowd. [Slang; mid-1900s]