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

Examples of hangout in a Sentence

Noun The park was their favorite hangout. a favorite hangout of the golden-agers is the local community center
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This Catherine's Crossing soft-surface trail starts a few steps west of the Mercy Trailhead hammock hangout. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2021 Then 2020 arrived and the community hangout had to close its doors. Tamara Holmes And Andrea Kramar, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2021 The sessions are perfect for a memorable virtual hangout with friends and family who don’t live close by. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Historically, commuting students have improvised hangout spaces on campus for the long hours between classes — in libraries, student centers or other public areas. Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Lovely Rita Just reopened with a brand new chef, Joel Lui-Kwan, and menu, Lovely Rita at The Hoxton aims to be a refined version of your favorite hangout. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 In their bus-stop hangout, for instance, Da’Vinchi and Burnside find a rhythm together that swings from comedy to confession and back again. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2021 Also, why did Sumit decide to have that important conversation at the busiest monkey hangout in town? Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 11 Oct. 2021 Shaw was also tasked with re-creating the back room of Satriale’s Pork Store, the slightly rundown hangout of the gangsters who make up the DiMeo crime family. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In that case, prosecutors said, two groups of people came to Berrier’s apartment in Villa Park to hang out and drink beer, and an argument arose. Robert Mccoppin,, 14 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, Triss Merigold — the friend Yennefer shared a tender moment with just one episode ago — has suddenly arrived in Kaer Morhen to hang out with Geralt and company. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 There's always a need for people to get together, to go hang out and have a beer. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 And Bimm argues that companies should be transparent about something else: whether the crew's flight plan is just to hang out and enjoy the spectacular view, rather than gathering scientific data. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 29 Dec. 2021 Instead of multi-generational herds, dinosaurs tended to hang out with other dinosaurs their own age. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2021 Christie has run clubs where customers regularly spent tens of thousands on bottle service to flex their wealth, hang out with beautiful people and make memories while drinking $8 Fiji waters. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 Court documents say Cedillos asked the woman to send him nude pictures and hang out with him on Saturday. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 The incoming senior has been able to travel, save money by avoiding higher rent, hang out with her roommates and dodge having to find someone to take over her lease. Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2021

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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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“Hangout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hangout

: 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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