hang about


hang about

verb, British

Definition of HANG ABOUT

1
to spend time doing nothing <a London slum where lots of unemployed young men could be seen hanging about>
Synonyms bum, chill, dally, dawdle, dillydally, drone, footle, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), hang about [British], kick around, kick back, laze, lazy, loaf, loll, lounge, veg out
Related Words fiddle (around), fool, mess, monkey, muck, piddle, play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; doze, estivate (also aestivate), hibernate; lag, linger, loiter, poke, relax, rest, tarry; amble, mosey, saunter, stroll, swan; furlough, goldbrick, malinger, truant
2
to spend time in aimless activity <we'll be hanging about at the pub if you need us>
Synonyms doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
Related Words dally, dawdle, dillydally, hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; clown (around), horse around; diddle (with), tinker
Near Antonyms buckle (down), knuckle down, set (to), settle (down)

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