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hang·​out ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hangout (audio)
: a favorite place for spending time
also : a place frequented for entertainment or for socializing

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hung out; hanging out; hangs out
intransitive : to protrude and droop
a dog with its tongue hanging out
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
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 senior citizens is the local community center
Recent Examples on the Web
By late 2021 Jacob Loewenstein, a Spatial cofounder and the company’s head of business development, was giving a talk at a VR conference at a Silicon Valley convention center, telling the VR-enthused audience that 75 percent of people using Spatial’s virtual hangout rooms weren’t using VR at all. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 This version pays tribute to him, and gives a nod to its own lineage, by naming the characters’ neighborhood hangout Mahoney’s Pub. Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023 Maryland was in the Union, but this club became a hangout for Confederate sympathizers. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 Though the sale and import of alcohol was banned from 1920 to 1933, booze was still flowing freely across taverns and gangster hangouts in rural Wisconsin, where even mobster Al Capone had a refuge. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 The Shores’ Big Bang happened in 1926, when Frederick William Kellogg launched a $900,000 plan to dig a harbor, build two breakwaters and create an exclusive hangout for the sailing set. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 Georgia At Manuel’s Tavern, a historic hangout in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland district, the barroom screens were on mute as the president addressed the nation. Jack Healy, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 Grant remembers getting his hair cut as a teenager at a shop on Benning Road NE, then crossing the street for chicken and mumbo sauce at Wings & More Wings, which would become his afternoon hangout. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 The online platform is filled with free games, experiences, and social hangouts that are designed and built by its users. Michael Calore, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2023
Perhaps the little one in your life would like to join the quest for a missing melon, or hang out with an anthropomorphized block of ramen, or meet an alligator named Al Dente. Alma Avalle, Bon Appétit, 25 Nov. 2023 The Reel clipped together some especially precious moments of 2022 PEOPLE'S Sexiest Man Alive hanging out with furry friends on the shelter’s floor. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Take that last-minute trip to your local ski mountain, sign up for a pottery class, and say yes to hanging out with a new group of friends. Elizabeth Gulino,, 22 Nov. 2023 Fewer still have physical spaces for those students to hang out. Matt Krupnick, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The affidavit states that police were told the passenger of the Honda Pilot, who was identified as Rascon-Montanez, was hanging out the window firing a gun as the Tacoma passed. Tracy Neal,, 20 Nov. 2023 Fennec fox Native to the deserts of North Africa, fennec foxes are the smallest of the canid species and don’t really hang out with humans. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Wine shops are breaking rules and becoming relaxed spots to hang out and sip and maybe even get a snack or a meal from a food truck. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 The two hang out off the court as well — building Legos, going to Six Flags Magic Mountain or fueling up at their favorite eatery. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1893, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hangout was in the 14th century

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“Hangout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


hang·​out ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hangout (audio)
: a favorite place for spending time

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