hang·​out | \ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t \

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

Hygrade — with its affordable sandwiches — became a lunch hangout for the workers. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Corktown: A community on the verge of change awaits Ford's arrival," 13 June 2018 And there’s no Starbucks downtown, but there is Origin Coffee, a popular local hangout where the baked goods are prepared in-house and the lunch offerings change seasonally, depending on what’s available at local farms. Rob Duca,, "Sleepy Saranac Lake awakens," 19 June 2018 Try favorite local hangouts Settembrini (Via Luigi Settembrini 25) or Salotto 42 (Piazza di Pietra 42). Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Rome," 22 Aug. 2011 Since then, the pond has become a neighborhood hangout — and not just for people. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "When a moose crashes your birthday pool party …," 6 June 2018 The elegant Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which opened in 1927, was a favorite hangout of actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks and later became the second home to Marilyn Monroe. Hugo Martin,, "Welcome to L.A.'s luxury hotel boom, featuring $20,000 suites and James Bond exotic cars," 19 Apr. 2018 Instead of mourning, his funeral appears to be more like one last hangout session with Matthews, sitting up in a chair with a Playstation controller in his hand, getting next. azcentral, "Celtics fan's funeral includes NBA2K and a Kyrie Irving jersey," 9 July 2018 Games are also now hot social hangouts akin to virtual malls as people play together online and communicate through headsets, in some cases within fully immersive virtual worlds. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Videogame Industry Powers Up," 8 June 2018 Everything from World Cup prix-fixe menus to themed appetizers and private cabanas offering high-definition projections of every game can be found at these soccer-friendly hangouts. Steven Goff,, "U.S., Mexico and Canada win joint bid for 2026 World Cup; Hard Rock Stadium could be host site," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Staphylococcus bacteria are often found hanging out on the skin or in the nose of perfectly healthy people without ever causing an infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ozzy Osbourne Underwent Hand Surgery to Treat Multiple Staph Infections: ‘It Was Agony’," 23 Oct. 2018 The gentle scrub is infused with charcoal to suck up all the gunk hanging out on your scalp, while the coconut oil keeps your hair moisturized. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 11 Best Scrubs and Treatments for Dry, Itchy Scalps," 12 Oct. 2018 Hughes also took into account who might end up hanging out backstage someday. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Inside Andy Cohen’s Stylish and Vibrant New Bravo Greenroom," 6 Aug. 2018 Normally, yeast hangs out in warm, damp spaces in the body, and surges out of that niche only when its local ecosystem veers out of balance. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Columbus Park is where Chinatown’s senior community hangs out. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 Gray whales are only found in the Pacific Ocean these days, and the few remaining North Atlantic right whales hang out along the coast of the U.S. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Waters," 11 July 2018 Crappie – fair, spawn is over and the fish are hanging out around the deeper brush piles and Georgia cubes. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Another common pumpkin pest are squash bugs, which hang out on the underside of leaves when the flowers bloom or when fruit appears. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Pumpkins," 11 July 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

: a place where a person spends a lot of time


hang·​out | \ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of hangout

: a favorite place for spending time

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obstinately defiant of authority

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