hanger-on

noun
hang·​er-on | \ ˈhaŋ-ər-ˌȯn How to pronounce hanger-on (audio) , -ˌän \
plural hangers-on

Definition of hanger-on

: one that hangs around a person, place, or institution especially for personal gain

First Known Use of hanger-on

1542, in the meaning defined above

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“Hanger-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanger-on. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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hanger-on

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English Language Learners Definition of hanger-on

: someone who spends a lot of time around a person, place, or group in order to get something (such as fame, money, or power)

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