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

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 The Trump hotel - a popular Republican hangout - is expensive, even during the pandemic: on Saturday, the hotel’s website said the lowest available rate for that night was $476. Anchorage Daily News, "Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results," 21 Nov. 2020 Or create a virtual hangout that becomes a new tradition (Christmas breakfast via Zoom, anyone?). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "How to Decline Holiday Invitations Right Now as Painlessly as Possible," 20 Nov. 2020 Great to celebrate a win with @kristi_malzahn at our postgame hangout! Tom Green |, al, "Stay-at-Home Orders: Gus Malzahn’s Waffle House tradition on hold during unusual season," 18 Nov. 2020 If the living room is a hangout for adult guests, the family room is the cozy space for the whole family, complete with an RH sectional to fit everyone and a fireplace, whose mantel Munroe redesigned to bring in an elevated, modern touch. House Beautiful, "Studio Munroe Creates a Layered, Colorful Home for a Family Not Afraid of Bold," 11 Nov. 2020 So why was the Tremont considered such a popular hangout for guests of the ghoulish kind? Alison Medley, Chron, "Here's what happens when you dare to stay at one of Galveston's most haunted hotels," 29 Oct. 2020 The wide front porch of the Columns Hotel, in New Orleans’s picturesque Garden District, was for many years a neighborhood institution and, for several of those, Jayson Seidman’s favorite college hangout. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 12 Nov. 2020 Try setting up a casual hangout like meeting at a park to people-watch and chat or ordering takeout and watching a movie. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 What started in July as a five-person Zoom hangout has turned into a 50-plus person group -- with students from across the US -- who have an ongoing GroupMe text messaging chain and frequent video calls. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "These immunocompromised college students felt isolated when the fall semester began. So they did something about it," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Collins later called and texted her several times, seeking to hang out. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in a Brookfield parking lot," 10 Nov. 2020 Without that option, or an alternative place to hang out, most guests will be heading home at the same time. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 Marks said the field has been a favorite place to hang out. Washington Post, "Demolition of Bethesda radio towers will take a piece of history, rare open space," 3 Nov. 2020 Finding a place to hang out during real estate agent visits. Dorothy Dworkin,, "Moving is never easy | Opinion," 23 Oct. 2020 There weren’t a lot of young people to hang out with. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "The Unofficial Support Group Getting These Teachers Through the Pandemic," 16 Oct. 2020 The great room flows into the dining area and modern kitchen, where an island gives homeowners room to hang out. Star Tribune, "Home plan: Modern look, relaxing vibes," 7 Aug. 2020 Before closing in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum had seen an influx of high school students, many of them black, who viewed MOCA as a welcoming place to hang out on weekday afternoons and to experiment with art, Snyder said. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Jill Snyder resigns as director of Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, citing need for change," 19 June 2020 National Night Out -- an event for law enforcement officials to hang out in their communities -- is Tuesday. CNN, "Start your week smart: President Trump, coronavirus, mental health, wildfires, NFL," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Hangout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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