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


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

Lucky little Luna, who turns three this month, later christened her new hangout. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Over-the-Top Family Playhouse Is Surprisingly Affordable," 6 Apr. 2019 Thanks to Snapchat, their hangout was well documented. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did Kylie Jenner Keep Jordyn Woods’ Secret About Hooking Up with Tristan Thompson?," 21 Feb. 2019 James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects built this 80-square-foot cabin as a dual purpose work studio and hangout space for his young daughter. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Architect’s tiny studio doubles as a hangout for his daughter," 20 July 2018 Stools that pull up to the dining side are hangouts for the couple's teenage son and daughter, Race and Jill. Mervyn Kaufman, ELLE Decor, "A Sophisticated Country Kitchen," 1 Feb. 2010 And, once the hangouts are planned via the app, you and all your friends can officially unplug from your phones instead of endlessly scrolling during quality time. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The New App That's Making Meeting Up With Friends Easier," 26 Mar. 2019 Concentrating on the fact that the original cast don’t entirely hate each other is a good place to start to keep the faith, so the latest hangout between Lindsay Lohan and another OG star is sure to fill any Mean Girls-loving heart with joy. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Lindsay Lohan and Jonathan Bennett Just Delivered Some Great 'Mean Girls' Reunion News," 7 Jan. 2019 Revelstoke offers visitors a degree of privacy that can be hard to come by elsewhere, which is perhaps why this remote town has become a regular hangout for the likes of Elon Musk and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, B.C. Is Skiing’s Hottest Destination Right Now," 22 Feb. 2019 In addition to bonding at the Clooneys' 25-room villa in Laglio, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also enjoyed hangouts by the pool, a private cruise, and indulgent dinners, ABC News reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "George Clooney Reportedly Personally Flew Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Italy on His Private Jet," 21 Aug. 2018

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While things seemed to be going great for the couple, things started to fizzle out quickly after Noah posted a photo of her hanging out with a male friend. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Lil Xan's Love Life," 9 Apr. 2019 But even for those sturdy types, hanging out in the back of your fridge for ages can weaken the defenses. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Know if Food Has Gone Bad By Looking at It and Smelling It," 3 Apr. 2019 The following scenes show the kids hanging out in the pool, exploring the fancy new mall in town, dancing in their rooms, and riding their bikes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Is Finally Here and I Am Not Okay," 20 Mar. 2019 Scientists found samples of superbugs hanging out in Svalbard, Norway, one of the most remote regions of the world. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found 'Superbugs' in Remote Arctic Wilderness," 29 Jan. 2019 There's even a community hanging out in the lower atmosphere. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 2018 Who for this week’s cover story, hanging out with Whittaker and the trio of actors who are playing the Doctor’s new companions: Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole. Clark Collis,, "Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker is simply 'brilliant' on the cover of EW's Comic-Con preview issue," 12 July 2018 Less a definitive portrait than a rare opportunity to hang out with one of jazz's most intriguing living personalities, Jake Meginsky's Milford Graves: Full Mantis may look to some viewers like a case study in eccentricity. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Jane Beard says seeing homeless people hanging out in restaurants and stores is a common sight in the city. Amber Jayanth,, "Cincinnati Police Department releases body cam video after police called on homeless man in restaurant," 21 June 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

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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