hang·​out | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hangout (audio) \

Definition of hangout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a favorite place for spending time also : a place frequented for entertainment or for socializing

hang out

hung out; hanging out; hangs out

Definition of hang out (Entry 2 of 2)

1 intransitive : to protrude and droop a dog with its tongue hanging out
2 intransitive informal : to spend time idly or in relaxing or socializing just hanging out by the pool My mother told me not to hang out in bars because the sort of people I would meet there were the sort of people who hang out in bars.— Calvin Trillin Traditionally, most owners [of sports teams] are rich egomaniacs eager to hang out with athletes and get their names in the paper.— George Vecsey
3 transitive : to display (something) outside as an announcement to the public hang out a sign/banner used chiefly in the phrase hang out a/one's shingle in the figurative sense "to start a business, begin working professionally" Publishing was not as complicated a business … when young Alfred Knopf hung out his shingle nearly 70 years ago.— John F. Baker Back then big L.A. law firms rarely hired Jews … . So Sterling hung out a shingle in Boyle Heights and became a tireless advocate for his old neighbors, handling everything from divorces to personal injury cases.— Franz Lidz

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Examples of hangout in a Sentence


The park was their favorite hangout. a favorite hangout of the golden-agers is the local community center

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In July, management abruptly closed Tosca, an emblematic restaurant and bar with a 100-year history as a Columbus Avenue speakeasy, celebrity hangout and later a trendy dining destination. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "In San Francisco’s North Beach, pasta, poetry and a big helping of uncertainty," 14 Sep. 2019 The Abbey came to mind as a place that is part concert hall, part hangout. Matthew J. Palm,, "For Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, concert has video-game vibe," 9 Sep. 2019 Politics is ‘hot this year,’ and so is Mission District hangout Manny’s. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: 4,000 vulnerable people, and far fewer answers," 4 Sep. 2019 Later in the day, visit local hangout the Shanty, one of the town's few waterfront eateries. Erica Jackson Curran,, "On the Eastern Shore, Virginia’s Cape Charles is in the midst of a small-town renaissance," 20 Aug. 2019 The result is a surprisingly funny and extremely melancholy hangout film, an elegy for a bygone era that reflects on how all art eventually loses its edge. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino Has Made His Best Movie in a Decade," 24 July 2019 The Virgin Voyages beach club, set to open in April 2020, offers every vacation essential: white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, a massive swimming pool and plenty of Instagram-worthy hangouts. Hanna Flanagan,, "Richard Branson's Adults-Only Cruise Line Announces Private Beach Club — See the Video," 18 July 2019 Restaurants and clubs are transformed into Con-themed hangouts. Tribune News Service,, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 Or consider this Lego treehouse set, which minibuilders can use to construct a cool hangout space for the toy’s characters. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "Awesome kids’ birthday gifts you can get delivered next day — for free," 21 Aug. 2019

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On the other hand, the thought of being the main breadwinner, providing his health insurance, and just working full time while my younger husband hangs out at the golf course or plays in his workshop, really irritates the heck out of me. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Jealous of husband’s early retirement - or is it something else?," 16 Sep. 2019 On the other hand, the thought of being the main breadwinner, providing his health insurance, and just working full time while my younger husband hangs out at the golf course or plays in his workshop, really irritates the heck out of me. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Wife has a bad feeling about becoming the breadwinner," 15 Sep. 2019 Teens used to hang out at malls to shop or browse, but mostly to idly spend time with friends. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Why go to the mall when you can look at Instagram?," 25 Aug. 2019 The officer reportedly found a clear plastic baggie hanging out of Brown’s rectum, and subsequently secured a search warrant that granted a medical facility to remove it from his body. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "State Supreme Court rules against forced body cavity search," 15 Aug. 2019 Couples, who make their own jewelry out of crystals, hang out in between tall trees while teens mosh to Rico Nasty, and girls in matching neon minidresses chatter off on the left-hand side of one of the festival’s three stages. Adam Jason Cohen, Vogue, "Tie-Dyed Stussy and Handmade Crystal Jewelry: See the Best Street Style From Pitchfork Fest," 24 July 2019 Fez is the resident dropout who spends his days hanging out and selling drugs to his former classmates, oftentimes out of the local gas station. Morgan Baila,, "Meet Angus Cloud, Euphoria's Lovable Drug Dealer & Breakout Star," 5 July 2019 Zambrano opted out of throwing a quinceañera, electing to go on a two-week trip to Mexico to hang out with relatives. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, "For Catholic quinceañeras, Oakland’s Mormon temple is place to be," 17 June 2019 Beck competed, more out of solidarity than genuine interest, coupled with a desire to hang out in a condo in Vail with a bunch of her disabled climber friends. Jayme Moye, National Geographic, "How a one-handed champion is reinventing rock climbing," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of hangout


circa 1893, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hangout

informal : a place where a person spends a lot of time


hang·​out | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hangout (audio) \

Kids Definition of hangout

: a favorite place for spending time

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