hang·​out | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hangout (audio) \

Definition of hangout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a favorite place for spending time also : a place frequented for entertainment or for socializing

hang out

hung out; hanging out; hangs 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

Examples of hangout in a Sentence

Noun The park was their favorite hangout. a favorite hangout of the golden-agers is the local community center
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Where is your favorite Thursday-Friday hangout for the Madness? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 14 Mar. 2022 Julia and Justin later got married and bought a house in a neighborhood less than a mile from their favorite date-night hangout. Bob Carlton |, al, 10 Mar. 2022 There, Thiessen and her costars honored the late actor by gathering in character at their high school hangout, The Max, to remember the loveable goof Screech Powers, whom Diamond played for over 12 years in the original show and its spinoffs. Nicholas Rice,, 7 Jan. 2022 The third main hangout room is a classroom-meets-work space where both volunteers and community members can brainstorm new ideas for their respective entrepreneurial endeavors and even teach workshops across mediums to benefit the community. Abigail Glasgow, Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 Reversible Door: Yes This type of mini fridge is perfect for a garage-turned-hangout-space or to store wine and beer in your kitchen. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 The shop here, located in a former convenience store, has been transformed into a hip hangout. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 The store is part of a long-running strategy to turn Alamo’s theaters into hangout spaces that offer more physical experiences than the streaming services can. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 When your belly starts to rumble, grab a bite at The Anvil Restaurant (the jumbo lump crab cakes and hot crab dip are both sensational) or The Rabbit Hole for American classics and terrace hangout sessions. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Regular customers greeted workers by name, and employees were known to hang out after their shift, catching up with friends. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Also, pay special attention to washing the folds of your skin, as bacteria likes to hang out there. Sophie Wirt, Allure, 13 May 2022 That friendship has continued across the pond, with Corden revealing in a new interview with the Sun that their kids hang out. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 13 May 2022 But McCollum at least got to hang out with them for a bit. oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2022 My nights are pretty routine—eat dinner, hang out for a little bit, watch TV, and catch up on emails. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 26 Jan. 2022 This can be as simple as offering to hang out at home with a care recipient for a few hours while their primary caregiver spends time tending to their own needs — such as going to a doctor’s appointment, running errands or getting a massage. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 Plantains are simmered in coconut milk perfumed with clove, cinnamon and orange zest and can hang out for hours, absorbing the marinade to their core. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Just going to hang out here for a little while longer. Wired Staff, Wired, 9 July 2021 See More

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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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“Hangout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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hang·​out | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hangout (audio) \

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: a favorite place for spending time

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