hang·​out | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t \

Definition of hangout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

hang 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

Rising Star has set up Google hangout sessions to chat with K-12 classrooms across the world. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 The gist: The Mystery Gang—Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Scooby, too—reunite on Spooky Island to investigate paranormal activity at the popular spring break hangout. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "16 Classic Halloween Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 17 Oct. 2018 One of the best parts of living in Seattle is spending weekends discovering the hidden hangouts tucked away in the city’s diverse neighborhoods. The Seattle Times, "Secret Seattle: 10 hidden neighborhood hangouts," 15 Oct. 2018 Henry’s, the iconic neighborhood hangout nestled inside the Graduate Berkeley, a 144-room hotel that was once Hotel Durant, will reopen to the public on April 12. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Henry’s to make Berkeley debut April 12 with the help of Tartine baked goods," 30 Mar. 2018 Allison went into further detail about Jacob's hangout with Taylor in a post on her own blog, Jacob's Journey. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Hung Out Backstage With Jacob Hill, an 8-Year-Old She Helped Get a Service Dog for," 2 Oct. 2018 Both a wine bar and well-stocked shop, petite Carpe Diem is a casual, library-like oenophile hangout in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018 HardWok Café, a popular Taiwanese hangout in the Chinatown International District, is here now, drawing hip Asian teens from around the Eastside. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 For more al fresco night life, venture west to Rio Maravilha, a new fourth-floor hangout in the resurgent LX Factory area. New York Times, "36 Hours in Lisbon," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My favorite place to hang out is: the Carlyle hotel. Marshall Heyman, WSJ, "Sofia Coppola’s Insider Tips for Style and Celebration," 26 Dec. 2018 Then, a white-bearded, elderly gentleman appears and encourages the two to hang out, forcing our sweet baker to recognize her feelings for both men. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 And Bambu Indah, John and Cynthia Hardy’s 12-room fantasia by the river, may persuade you to move in for good with its antique Javanese wooden houses and swooping bamboo buildings, not to mention the meditation pod that hangs out over the river. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Turns out, this is exactly the case with Lauren, who hung out with Teen Vogue recently to reveal which songs made the Playlist of Her Life. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Lauren Jauregui Shares the Playlist of Her Life," 26 Oct. 2018 The reality star has well and truly mastered the art of rocking barely-there clothes, usually resulting in an outfit that might understandably leave your eyeballs hanging out of their sockets. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Just Wore What's Possibly Her Most Naked Dress Ever," 18 Dec. 2018 Constance Wu Have tissues nearby for this little video of Wu’s oft-Instagrammed rabbit hanging out in front of her tree, listening to Bing Crosby. Vogue, "Which Celebrity Christmas Decorations Are Perfectly On-Brand? Let Us Show You," 14 Dec. 2018 And, hanging out with the whole Little Women gang is director Greta Gerwig. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson Shared a New Photo of "Little Women" Castmates Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet," 14 Dec. 2018 Benches, a trail, and a restaurant mean that visitors can actually hang out awhile. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018

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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

: a place where a person spends a lot of time


hang·​out | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of hangout

: a favorite place for spending time

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