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See also: hook up


Alternative forms[edit]


Deverbal from hook up.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhʊkʌp/
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hookup (plural hookups)

  1. (sometimes attributive) A connection.
    The plumber came to fix the sewer hookup.
    I need to buy some hookup wire.
  2. (slang) A brief sexual relationship or encounter.
    Synonym: fling
    Hyponyms: one-night stand, one-minute stand
    He met his two most recent partners at bars, and expressed strong ambivalence and dislike of meeting partners online, but reported half a dozen additional hookups with partners met online.
    • 2013 March 10, Jenna Wortham, “How Grindr Is Changing the Way We Connect”, in New York Times[1]:
      Grindr’s main purpose is to facilitate hookups that are “spontaneous and intimate,” he said.
  3. (slang) A sexual partner.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual partner
    The predominant way of finding a hookup or sexual partner would be going online.
    • 2015, Tyler Oakley, Binge, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
      I bought more bungee cords and made my way to my hookup’s house via slower, more manageable back roads.