verb \ˈhaŋ\

: to attach or place something so that it is held up without support from below

: to decorate (a surface) by hanging something (such as a picture) on it

: to put (wallpaper) on a wall

hung \ˈhəŋ\ also hanged \ˈhaŋd\ hang·ing \ˈhaŋ-iŋ\

Full Definition of HANG

transitive verb
a :  to fasten to some elevated point without support from below :  suspend
b :  to suspend by the neck until dead —often hanged in the past —often used as a mild oath <I'll be hanged>
c :  to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension <hang a door>
d :  to adjust the hem of (a skirt) so as to hang evenly and at a proper height
:  to furnish with hanging decorations (as flags or bunting)
:  to hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner <hung his head in shame>
:  to apply to a wall <hang wallpaper>
:  to display (pictures) in a gallery
:  to throw (as a curveball) so that it fails to break properly
:  to make (a turn) especially while driving <hang a right> <hung a quick U-turn — Tom Clancy>
:  base, found <something to hang our hopes on>
intransitive verb
a :  to remain suspended or fastened to some point above without support from below :  dangle
b :  to die by hanging —often hanged in the past <he hanged for his crimes>
c :  to be connected as something relevant or related <thereby hangs a tale — Shakespeare>
:  to remain poised or stationary in the air <clouds hanging low overhead>
:  to be imminent :  impend <doom hung over the nation>
:  to fall or droop from a usually tense or taut position
:  depend <election hangs on one vote>
a (1) :  to take hold for support :  cling <she hung on his arm> (2) :  to keep persistent contact <dogs hung to the trail> (3) :  to maintain or continue holding a position <hang behind> (4) :  to stay even :  keep up —usually used with with <trying to hang with the leader>
b :  to be burdensome or oppressive <time hangs on his hands>
:  to be uncertain or in suspense <the decision is still hanging>
:  to lean, incline, or jut over or downward
:  to be in a state of rapt attention <hung on her every word>
:  to fit or fall from the figure in easy lines <the coat hangs loosely>
:  to pass time idly or in relaxing or socializing <hanging at the beach> —often used with around or out <hung out with friends>
of a thrown ball :  to fail to break or drop as intended
hang·able \ˈhaŋ-ə-bəl\ adjective
hang fire
:  to be slow in the explosion of a charge after its primer has been discharged
:  to remain unsettled or unresolved
hang it up
:  to cease an activity or effort
hang loose
:  to remain calm or relaxed
hang one on
:  to inflict a blow on
slang :  to get very drunk
hang out to dry
:  to subject to ruin by abandonment
hang one's hat
:  to situate oneself in (as a residence or place of employment)
:  to have or use as a source of support <need a career to hang my hat on>
hang ten
:  to ride a surfboard with the toes of both feet turned over the front edge
hang tough
:  to remain resolute in the face of adversity :  hang in

Usage Discussion of HANG

For both transitive and intransitive senses 1b the past and past participle hung, as well as hanged, is standard. Hanged is most appropriate for official executions <he was to be hanged, cut down whilst still alive … and his bowels torn out — Louis Allen> but hung is also used <gave orders that she should be hung — Peter Quennell>. Hung is more appropriate for less formal hangings <by morning I'll be hung in effigy — Ronald Reagan>.

Examples of HANG

  1. He hung the painting on the wall.
  2. We hung paper lanterns from the trees.
  3. My grandmother used to hang the wash on a clothesline.
  4. A photograph of her family hangs on the wall.
  5. Several of her paintings are hanging in the Museum of Modern Art.
  6. Your coat is hanging in the closet.
  7. They plan to hang wallpaper in the hallway.
  8. He let his arm hang down into the water.
  9. They will hang him in the county jailhouse.
  10. He was hanged for his crimes.

Origin of HANG

partly from Middle English hon, from Old English hōn, v.t.; partly from Middle English hangen, from Old English hangian, v.i. & v.t.; both akin to Old High German hāhan, v.t., to hang, hangēn, v.i. — more at cunctation
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the way in which something hangs

Full Definition of HANG

:  the manner in which a thing hangs
:  declivity, slope; also :  droop
:  facility with or an understanding of something <can't get the hang of this>
:  a hesitation or slackening in motion or in a course
give a hang or care a hang
:  to be the least bit concerned or worried

Examples of HANG

  1. the hang of a skirt
  2. <anyone foolish enough to ski that hang would end up with a broken neck>

First Known Use of HANG

circa 1797


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