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From the verb phrase 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
    • 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.
    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.
  3. (slang) A sexual partner.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual partner
    • 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.
    The predominant way of finding a hookup or sexual partner would be going online.