Definition of hook-up in English:



  • 1A connection or link, especially to mains electricity or for communications or broadcasting equipment.

    ‘this weather-resistant product requires no electrical hook-up and provides light for up to 180 minutes on a single charge’
    ‘a complete household computer hook-up’
    as modifier ‘installation and hook-up costs’
    • ‘The network would organise computer hook-ups, educational broadcasts, and the sharing of library resources among the participants.’
    • ‘He testified in a court filled with 18th Century tradition, using high definition television and the latest in satellite hook-ups from Paris.’
    • ‘This fight gave birth to the age of satellite TV hook-ups.’
    • ‘We use satellite hook-ups and we can get detailed map readouts to guide you.’
    • ‘With the satellite hook-up from the 121st Signal Battalion, we were operational three hours after arrival in Mitrovica.’
    • ‘It's a tracking device alright, but it's through software that enables your satellite hook-up.’
    • ‘Those serving as far afield as the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America will soon be able to chat with and see their families through a computer hook-up.’
    • ‘The third arbitrator will be on a videoconference hook-up in Paris, Williams said.’
    • ‘Increased infrastructure, electrical hook-ups and modern-style buildings have no role in an ancient forest.’
    • ‘The council said it was going to be stables - but you don't have three sets of electrical hook-ups and a cesspit for stables.’
    • ‘The caravan park has electrical hook-ups with a purpose built shower and toilet block.’
    • ‘The attorney general, who was in Moscow on other business, made the announcement through a television hook-up.’
    • ‘Electrical outlets, tabled work stations and necessary hook-ups for laptop and other portable computers will be available for high-speed Internet and Intranet access.’
    • ‘All of my encounters with him were conducted via the magic of studio hook-ups.’
    • ‘The hotel group is also standardising amenities - including bath products, TVs, new beds and technology hook-ups - at all its hotels, which it categorizes as four-star properties.’
    • ‘You can be sure defence lawyers will be calling the experts from the south to either appear in Queensland courts or take part in lengthy and expensive telephone hook-ups.’
    • ‘This is a bit of a disaster because of the growing popularity of ADSL, DSL, and cable modem hook-ups.’
    • ‘In the future, it is likely that world leaders will meet over satellite TV hookups or online, making it harder to confront them or hold them accountable.’
    • ‘Even with a satellite hookup, multiple televisions and an extended leave of absence from work, you couldn't possibly watch them all.’
    • ‘Miller looked at the television screen that connected him via satellite hookup to Washington.’
    • ‘A modem translates the computer's outgoing data into a form that can be transmitted through the phone hookup.’
    • ‘That means the phones work in homes that don't have a broadband hookup or a wireless router of their own.’
    • ‘And sales of broadband hookups surged 18%, to $97 million.’
    amalgamation, combination, merging, union, fusion, coalition, affiliation, coupling, unification, incorporation, coalescence, consolidation, confederation, hook-up, link-up
  • 2informal An instance of people meeting, communicating, or cooperating.

    ‘he had an hour-long phone hook-up with his six Senate colleagues’
    • ‘The Elton hook-up on Face To Face, which will be his next single, is something Gary is especially proud of.’
    • ‘The pop quartet have been talking up a potential hook-up with the candy-haired US rapper for weeks now.’
    • ‘This afternoon Mr Howard held a phone hook-up with the State Premiers.’
    • ‘Mr Garrett said immediate discussions in good faith were needed with the states and he planned a phone hook-up with education ministers on Friday.’
    • ‘Rumor has it the hook-up with Toyota will produce a new Z5 and hardcore 6-series.’
    • ‘Following their hookup in South Beach, the duo met up again in New York.’
    1. 2.1A casual sexual encounter.
      ‘he was tired of meaningless hook-ups’
      • ‘It takes a while to find that their hook-up the last time he was in town produced a son.’
      • ‘Their hook-up wasn't about screwing with Don's head, or trying to lure him back in; it was sex.’
      • ‘The article added that she has since been engaging in "meaningless hookups - at least four in the last month".’
      • ‘If your heart broke for poor Felicity after Oliver and Isabel's hook-up, you're not alone!’
      • ‘And perhaps the biggest surprise of all, is that this doesn't seem to be a fleeting hook-up, but a real blossoming love.’
      • ‘32 % of the study volunteers said their relationship with their husband or wife began with a casual hookup.’
    2. 2.2A person with whom someone has a casual sexual encounter.
      ‘she's hurt that her hook-up didn't even bother to stick around long enough to say good morning’
      • ‘He hasn't seen his son in months; he's divorced; his one-time hook-up looks like she's going to remain a one-time hook-up.’
      • ‘Women choose their hookups using one set of criteria and a long term mate using another.’
      • ‘And whilst some girls will be on Tinder to find a hook-up, most aren't.’
      • ‘He came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster.’
      • ‘I kept myself busy by reconnecting with a one-off hook-up. This guy helped me take my mind off things.’