hang

verb
\ ˈhaŋ How to pronounce hang (audio) \
hung\ ˈhəŋ How to pronounce hung (audio) \ also hanged\ ˈhaŋd How to pronounce hanged (audio) \; hanging\ ˈhaŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce hanging (audio) \

Definition of hang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend hang a picture on the wall
b : to suspend by the neck until dead often hanged in the past often used as a mild oathI'll be hanged
c : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension hang a door
d : to adjust the hem of (a skirt) so as to hang evenly and at a proper height
2 : to furnish with hanging decorations (such as flags or bunting) Hang the windows with velvet curtains. a room hung with streamers
3 : to hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner hung his head in shame
4 : to apply to a wall hang wallpaper
5 : to display (pictures) in a gallery
6 baseball : to throw (a pitch, such as a curveball) so that it fails to break properly
7 : to make (a turn) especially while driving hang a right hung a quick U-turn— Tom Clancy
8 : base, found something to hang our hopes on

intransitive verb

1a : to remain suspended or fastened to some point above without support from below : dangle
b : to die by being suspended by the neck often hanged in the pastHe hanged for his crimes.
c : to be connected as something relevant or related thereby hangs a tale— William Shakespeare
2 : to hover or remain stationary in the air clouds hanging low overhead
3 : linger, persist The thought hung in her mind for days.
4 : to be imminent : impend doom hung over the nation
5 : to fall or droop from a usually tense or taut position let the reins hang loose on the horse's back Their mouths hung open in disbelief.
6 : depend election hangs on one vote
7a(1) : to take hold for support : cling she hung on his arm
(2) : to keep persistent contact dogs hung to the trail
(3) : to maintain or continue holding a position hang behind
(4) : to stay even : keep up usually used with withtrying to hang with the leader
b : to be burdensome or oppressive time hangs on his hands
8 : to be uncertain or in suspense the decision is still hanging
9 : to lean, incline, or jut over or downward a rocky cliff that hangs overhead
10 : to be in a state of rapt attention hung on her every word
11 : to fit or fall from the figure in easy lines the coat hangs loosely
12 informal : to pass time idly or in relaxing or socializing : hang around, hang out hanging with friends hanging at the beach Off the track, Jones was all but invisible in Sydney. She prefers hanging with her husband … and a small inner circle of friends.— Mark Starr I had the chance to hang with Taibbi recently after he spoke to a Denver audience about his new book …— David Sirota
13 of a thrown ball : to fail to break or drop as intended
hang fire
1 : to be slow in the explosion of a charge after its primer has been discharged
3 : to remain unsettled or unresolved The plans had to hang fire until the city council approved them.
hang it up
: to cease an activity or effort We all agreed it was time to hang it up.
hang loose
: to remain calm or relaxed
hang one on
1 : to inflict a blow on wanted to hang one on him
2 slang : to get very drunk
hang out to dry
: to leave stranded in a hopeless or dangerous situation The company hung us out to dry.
hang one's hat
1 : to situate oneself in a place (such as a residence or place of employment) looking for a new place to hang my hat
2 hang one's hat on : to have or use (something) as a source of support need a career to hang my hat on
hang ten
: to ride a surfboard with the toes of both feet turned over the front edge
hang tough
: to remain resolute in the face of adversity : hang in

hang

noun

Definition of hang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the manner in which a thing is poised when suspended from above without support from below : the way in which a thing hangs (see hang entry 1) the hang of a skirt
2 : declivity, slope also : droop the hang of his lower lip
3 : facility with or an understanding of something can't get the hang of this
4 : a hesitation or slackening in motion or in a course a marked hang of the oar in the air before it dipped
give a hang or care a hang
: to be the least bit concerned or worried She doesn't give a hang whether she wins or not.

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Other Words from hang

Verb

hangable \ ˈhaŋ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce hangable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for hang

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Hanged vs. Hung: Usage Guide

Verb

For both transitive and intransitive senses 1b the past and past participle hung, as well as hanged, is standard. Hanged is most appropriate for official executions he was to be hanged, cut down whilst still alive … and his bowels torn out — Louis Allen but hung is also used. gave orders that she should be hung — Peter Quennell Hung is more appropriate for less formal hangings. by morning I'll be hung in effigy — Ronald Reagan

Examples of hang in a Sentence

Verb He hung the painting on the wall. We hung paper lanterns from the trees. My grandmother used to hang the wash on a clothesline. A photograph of her family hangs on the wall. Several of her paintings are hanging in the Museum of Modern Art. Your coat is hanging in the closet. They plan to hang wallpaper in the hallway. He let his arm hang down into the water. They will hang him in the county jailhouse. He was hanged for his crimes. Noun the hang of a skirt anyone foolish enough to ski that hang would end up with a broken neck
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The photo, taken in Andasibe National Park, shows the lemur's hands outstretched toward the camera while hanging upside down from the tree. Fox News, "Amazing pictures show lemur trying to steal photographer's camera," 26 Nov. 2019 That 2014 Tiger offense led by quarterback Nick Marshall hung 630 yards on Alabama -- a number no offense has approached in the five years since. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A different feel to this Iron Bowl," 26 Nov. 2019 The vehicle's passenger side headlight was damaged and left hanging down after the collision. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glendale police seek driver who fled after hitting a pedestrian," 26 Nov. 2019 Bouknight breaks down defenders better, rises with the ball, hangs there, converts softly in potentially violent crowds. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: James Bouknight, with monster UConn debut, makes everything look easy," 25 Nov. 2019 With the Spurs hanging within four points to start the fourth, James began plunging daggers. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "LeBron James’ fourth quarter sinks Spurs’ upset bid," 25 Nov. 2019 When hanging holiday lights or decorations, use sturdy ladders rather than chairs, and make sure extension cords and other electrical devices aren't cut or frayed. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Follow these tips to survive the holidays without (too much) financial fallout," 24 Nov. 2019 Lin-Manuel Miranda While posing for photographer Mark Seliger’s at the edge of roof four-stories high, Lin-Manuel Miranda was thinking about how Seliger’s image of him may hang among the American greats for years. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Here’s What NPG Gala Honorees Have to Say About Their Portraits," 23 Nov. 2019 The Cougars extended the lead to four when Grimes sank a 3-pointer with 3:04 left and let his hand hang below his wrist for emphasis before forming a pistol. Houston Chronicle, "UH rallies past Rice in second half," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Which leads us to the next hang-up some investors have with Netflix: Won't AppleTV+ and Disney+ kill Netflix? Chris Neiger, USA TODAY, "Sit back and relax: You can buy and hold these 3 stocks for the next 20 years," 19 Nov. 2019 Desire also tests distance, time, tribes, and personal hang-ups. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Call Me by Your Name Dream Continues," 4 Nov. 2019 About 300,000 young people in Chicago headed back to school Friday morning after a prolonged strike whose end was nearly scuttled by an 11th-hour hang-up over the 11 missed days of classes. Diana Wallace, chicagotribune.com, "The CPS teachers strike is finally over. Now what?," 1 Nov. 2019 Modern depictions of Emily Dickinson often try to liberate her from the stuffy hang-ups of a bygone era. Seth Perlow, Washington Post, "‘Dickinson’ is another example of pop culture trying to liberate Emily Dickinson," 31 Oct. 2019 One of the hang-ups of past Wapato plans was its distant from services in the central city. oregonlive, "Portland police union, developers, nonprofit revive Wapato Jail as homeless shelter option," 19 Sep. 2019 After a few games Avery started to get a hang of playing in the front seven. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "C.J. Avery didn't think he'd play linebacker, but his versatility makes him perfect for it," 25 Oct. 2019 He's definitely got the hang of it Shawn and Camila deserve more credit for teaching the world how to kiss. 12. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Fans Are Making Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Kissing Memes and I'm ROFL," 20 Sep. 2019 Lovato posted a gorgeous unedited bikini pic to Instagram that was accompanied by a caption about self-love and getting over body hang-ups. Glamour, "Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hang

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hang

Verb and Noun

partly from Middle English hon, from Old English hōn, transitive verb; partly from Middle English hangen, from Old English hangian, intransitive verb & transitive verb; both akin to Old High German hāhan, transitive verb, to hang, hangēn, intransitive verb — more at cunctation

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Time Traveler for hang

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The first known use of hang was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hang.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=hang0001. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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hang

verb
How to pronounce hang (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to attach or place something so that it is held up without support from below
: to decorate (a surface) by hanging something (such as a picture) on it
: to put (wallpaper) on a wall

hang

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hang (Entry 2 of 2)

: the way in which something hangs

hang

verb
\ ˈhaŋ How to pronounce hang (audio) \
hung\ ˈhəŋ \ also hanged; hanging

Kids Definition of hang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fasten or be fastened to something without support from below I helped Mom hang curtains.
2 : to kill or be killed by suspending (as from a gallows) by a rope tied around the neck
3 : to cause to droop The dog hung her head.
hang around
1 : to be or stay (somewhere) without doing much They like to hang around the mall.
2 : to pass time without doing much We hung around until dark.
hang on
1 : to hold or grip something tightly
2 : to wait or stop briefly I'm busy. Can you hang on a minute?
3 : to be determined or decided by The decision hangs on one vote.
hang out
: to pass time without doing much
hang up
1 : to place on a hook or hanger
2 : to end a telephone connection

hang

noun

Kids Definition of hang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the way in which a thing hangs The skirt has a graceful hang.
2 : skill to do something I got the hang of skating.

hang

verb
hung also hanged; hanging

Legal Definition of hang

transitive verb

: to suspend by the neck until dead especially as a form of execution often hanged in the past tense

intransitive verb

1 : to die by hanging often hanged in the past tense he hanged for his crimes
2 : to be unable to reach a decision or verdict the jury hung on 19 counts against [him]— Randall Samborn

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