hang around

verb
hung around; hanging around; hangs around

Definition of hang around

1 intransitive, informal
a : to pass time idly or in relaxing or socializing spent the day just hanging around with her friends
b : to stay in or at a place for a period of time had to hang around for over an hour, waiting for the bus She didn't feel like hanging around at the club afterward …— David Calder
2 transitive, informal : to pass time or stay in or at (a place) or in the company of (someone) hung around the house all day My mother doesn't want me hanging around the park alone.— Judy Blume When he was 10 years old, Lester taught him-self to windsurf by hanging around the Europeans and Canadian tourists who rented boards on the beach at Varadero.— Sam Moses

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Examples of hang around in a Sentence

if you hang around until my husband gets home, you can meet him

First Known Use of hang around

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of hang around was in 1823

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“Hang around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang%20around. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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