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University students give their definition of “hooking up”

Jillian Kaehler, Supplements writer

“OMG did you guys hook up?” “We only hooked up, nothing serious.” “I heard they’re hooking up, is that true?”

But what does that mean? With all this talk that students hear, give or take at least once a day, does anybody truly know the definition of hooking up?

Merriam-Webster says hooking up is “to become associated especially in a working, social, or sexual relationship.”

The Cambridge Dictionary’s definition is “to meet with someone, or begin a relationship, especially for a particular purpose.”

Urban Dictionary describes it as “an incredibly ambiguous phrase that drives me absolutely insane when people use it.” Generally, it can mean anything, including making out, third base and even going all the way.

This begs the question: What does hooking up mean to University students?

“Kissing and making out.” — Chiqui Laird, freshman, LAS

“Any sexual encounter with a person who you are attracted to. It can range from a light kiss on the lips to doing the dirty deed.” — Robert Planek, junior, LAS

“It means more than kissing.” — Amy Kwon, sophomore, Business.

“You passionately hug for an extended period of time.” — Matthew Moorehouse, junior, Engineering.

“When a chick fondles you.” — Mike Weinstein, senior, LAS

“Any kind of sexual encounter.” — Sophie Gough, junior, LAS

What does hooking up mean to you?

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