hang around


hung around; hanging around; hangs around
intransitive, informal
: to pass time idly or in relaxing or socializing
spent the day just hanging around with her friends
: 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
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

Examples of hang around in a Sentence

if you hang around until my husband gets home, you can meet him
Recent Examples on the Web Kansas City hung around early and only trailed by four points at the half, but did not score over the last two quarters on its way to a humbling 35-10 loss. Jeff Capellini, CBS News, 11 Feb. 2024 The Texans hung around for a half and then the Ravens caught on to their blitzes and started hitting on some outside timing patterns. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan. 2024 But my mind did momentarily wander: would the giant foam-core Cheese Wheel be spared a curdling in the recycling and age long enough to hang around my grandchildren’s necks? Bek Mitchell-Kidd, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Any lingering snow cover could also allow the cold air to hang around longer. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 As the movie hung around in theaters, the film showed signs of life, making $8.7 million in its second weekend, then $9.7 million in its third. David Sims, The Atlantic, 23 Jan. 2024 The last thing the 49ers need is for Green Bay to hang around until halftime or later and then get the idea that the win over Dallas was the start of something big. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 20 Jan. 2024 There is no predicting what will hang around in our heads, as a year of moviegoing recedes. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 Much of the snow and ice that blanketed the region Sunday hung around Tuesday. Nwa Democrat-Gazette, arkansasonline.com, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
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 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hang around

: to pass time or stay idly in or at
hung around the house all day
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