hang

verb
\ ˈhaŋ How to pronounce hang (audio) \
hung\ ˈhəŋ How to pronounce hang (audio) \ also hanged\ ˈhaŋd How to pronounce hang (audio) \; hanging\ ˈhaŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce hang (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 oath I'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 past He 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 with trying 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 hang (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 But ditch the holder and instead get a case with a lanyard or even just a piece of twine to hook around the case handles and hang them off the back of your front car seat headrest. Travel + Leisure, "10 Things to Pack for a Road Trip With Kids, According to a Traveling Dad," 2 May 2021 Just hang it up inside or outside and watch the wrinkles disappear. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Crazy Amazon sale slashes a 120″ home theater projector screen to $15," 30 Apr. 2021 Locked in his unit pending the move, Wilson threatened to hang himself if Hillman didn't let him out of his cell, according to the release. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "New York City Department of Correction captain charged in death of inmate," 27 Apr. 2021 After calling an officer over, Wilson threatened to hang himself if Hillman refused to let him out of his cell, the indictment said. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "New York City jail guard arrested after being accused of watching inmate hang himself in cell," 26 Apr. 2021 There are many different techniques for drying, but the easiest is to hang them upside down in a cool, dark area or leave them upright in a bucket. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Eucalyptus Plants Like a Garden Pro," 23 Apr. 2021 Customize your finished wreath with a metallic or patterned ribbon and hang it on your door. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make a Faux Cherry Blossom Wreath That's Perfect for Spring," 19 Apr. 2021 Nick, just 22 months old, slept soundly in his bedroom while his father looped a vacuum cleaner cord around a pipe in their living room and tried to hang himself. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "How Bernie Madoff Took His Family Down," 14 Apr. 2021 Thomas had tried to hang himself a few weeks before his death, while on spring break, after a romance had ended. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "A Mysterious Suicide Cluster," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mondays aren’t your average local hang’s best night, but Chickenback Mondayz at Campbell’s little Rite Season would always turn into a party. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Rite Season Jamerican Cuisines brings subtle fusion, complex flavor to Sanford | Review," 6 May 2021 Has Rogers offered any explanation for her Trump hang? Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "Suzanne Rogers Deleted Her Donald Trump Insta Stories. But The Outrage (& Screen Grabs) Live On," 3 May 2021 Others, like myself, needed a bit more time to get the hang of it. Grace Stearns, Vogue, "12 Essential Pieces Everyone Should Own by Age 30," 28 Apr. 2021 Ray Romano is slowly getting the hang of Zoom — but not without a few awkward mishaps along the way. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Ray Romano Jokes to Jimmy Kimmel That He ‘Lost About 9 Friends’ After ‘Passing Wind’ on Zoom," 7 Apr. 2021 After some hands-on instruction and going through some trial and error moments, the children eventually got the hang of things and were soon showing off their fishing skills by reeling in their proud catches. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Beach Kids Fishing Club hooking young anglers," 1 Apr. 2021 Above the counter in the new shop hang wire baskets filled with green and red apples, oranges, lemons and limes that glow like jewels. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Former Raven Gerrard Sheppard, sister Shanae expand their Sunset Raw Juice Bar business into Fulton," 10 Apr. 2021 Our last group hang was March 11, 2020, a steak dinner in TriBeCa. New York Times, "We Want Our Friends Back! (But Which Ones?)," 27 Mar. 2021 The Ariel Atom 4—a skeletonized version of a mid-engine two-seater ($87,910, as tested)—belongs to a class of barely-there G-force generators that also includes sailplanes, parasails, ultra-lights, hang-gliders and hot-air balloons. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Ariel Atom 4: A Street-Legal Racer That Wows," 26 Mar. 2021

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

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“Hang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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hang

verb

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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