[ hoo k-uhp ]
/ ˈhʊkˌʌp /


an act or instance of hooking up.
an assembly and connection of parts, components, or apparatus into a circuit, network, machine, or system.
the circuit, network, machine, or system so formed.
a device or connection, as a plug, hose, or pipe, for conveying electricity, a water supply, etc., from a source to a user: Some campsites have electrical hookups for trailers.
Informal. an association, alliance, or cooperative effort: A closer hookup of Caribbean nations would be good for international trade.

Nearby words

  1. hooknose,
  2. hooks,
  3. hooks, benjamin lawson,
  4. hookswinging,
  5. hooktender,
  6. hookworm,
  7. hookworm disease,
  8. hooky,
  9. hooley,
  10. hoolie

Origin of hookup

1900–05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hook up

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Word Origin and History for hookup



also hook up, "connection," 1903; modern slang verbal sense of "to meet for sex" is attested by 2003.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper