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

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 The brains behind the cool-girl hangout is Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "How Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton Gets Her Skin So Good," 17 May 2018 The tropical hangout had been a staple at the Louisville International Airport when it was still known as Standiford Field, and travelers and locals alike wandered in for a slice of paradise. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the Louisville bar owner putting a bourbon twist on the traditional tiki drink," 19 Apr. 2018 The best hangout is Cannery Row Brewing Company, for craft beers and top-notch sliders, while the cannelés at Parker Lusseau Pastries are Paris-worthy—no wonder, given that chef Yann Lusseau is a bona fide French expat. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Monterey and Big Sur," 16 Apr. 2018 The tiny Italian wine bar 10 William St. was the original foodie hangout in Paddington. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Vegan and gluten-free cafes, along with juice bars are fast replacing traditional bistros as favorite hangouts in Paris. Elena Berton, USA TODAY, "The French still love their cigarettes. But the once chic image is going up in smoke," 2 July 2018 This is the favorite hangout after school and baseball games. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Texas teens take prom photos at Whataburger," 23 May 2018 From a family-run operation out of a gas station in Vista to an upscale shopping center in La Jolla, a strip mall in Lemon Grove and a hipster hay bale hangout in North Park, San Diego is going whole hog for barbecue. Michele Parente,, "San Diego's best BBQ: Here's where to make a pit stop," 13 May 2018

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And think of how many potentially toxic things are hanging out in your cabinets right at child-level, like cleaning supplies, medications, and beauty products. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Those two never post an Instagram photo without the other appearing the comments, and they've been sighted all over the city shopping for rugs and hanging out in Sephora with no care as to who sees them. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin Continue To Keep Their Relationship Weirdly Public," 12 July 2018 Evan Rachel Wood relived a Nashville performance and hung out in a rocking chair. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "How All Your Favorite Celebs Celebrated the Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 The pair reportedly first began hanging out in Nov. 2014 following Bieber's split from Selena Gomez and have been seen together a number of times over the past four years. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin Spotted Kissing in Brooklyn, Bailed Out by Cops in Hamptons After Car Breakdown," 3 July 2018 That means there’s plenty of time to fire up the BBQ, head out to the pool or just hang out in the hammock in the backyard. Patricia Madej,, "Summer solstice 2018: What it is and how to celebrate in Philly," 21 June 2018 That's when she was told her baby was hanging out in another room with another family. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "New mom shocked to learn her baby was with another family — in hospital room next door," 20 June 2018 My dinner game plan is blessedly bare-bones: Take whatever vegetables are currently hanging out in my fridge, add some spicy tofu or smoked salmon, and lay the whole thing over cooked grains. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "A Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bowl That's So Easy You Hardly Need This Recipe," 30 May 2018 Inside both series are a kitchen (including a sink, stove, fridge, and cupboard), bathroom (with a toilet, shower, and sink), a bistro table, and a multi-purpose space for hanging out and sleeping. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Could Live In This Tiny Houseboat For $61,000," 6 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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