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

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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 Even in just the four episodes for review, the angsty storylines soon feel forced and melodramatic, at odds with the hangout vibe (in a car, on a couch) that suffuses most of the series. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cherish the Day': TV Review," 11 Feb. 2020 In addition to the period locations seen as characters drive around (and around) Los Angeles, including showbiz hangouts like Musso & Frank Grill, the movie focuses on the fluctuating hierarchies of Hollywood. John Jurgensen And Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "What Five Oscar Nominations Tell Us About the State of Hollywood," 5 Feb. 2020 Interviews that read as intimate but don’t always provide new insight into Swift’s experience sit alongside performance footage and frustratingly short clips of casual hangouts with friends and family. Judy Berman, Time, "Taylor Swift: Miss Americana," 28 Jan. 2020 If relating to one person, or wanting to attract a specific individual or type, make music and hangout choices accordingly., "Horoscope," 24 Jan. 2020 Sip on a Vig Manhattan or a Cold Brew Old Fashioned while playing lawn games and taking in the desert scenery at this upscale hangout. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Going to the Barrett-Jackson car auction? Try these Scottsdale restaurants near WestWorld," 6 Jan. 2020 Cantor Roof Garden Bar: Cocktails and light snacks are the forte of this alfresco hangout on the roof of the Met. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "How to make the most of Central Park," 20 Sep. 2019 As the go-to hangout spot in Friends, so many important moments happen at Central Perk. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Friends Fans Need This Neon Central Perk Sign From Urban Outfitters," 13 Jan. 2020 In the mid-’90s, before high-speed internet connections made software easy to download, the stores served as a teenage hangout, allowing customers to play video games and try new hardware. Shwanika Narayan,, "Is Fry’s Electronics in trouble? Company denies it, but empty shelves tell story," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Throughout the day, the children got to hang out and enjoy themselves. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Former Olympians teach ice skating to kids of families that faced prison," 16 Feb. 2020 My best strategy for early November has always been to figure out where a few mature bucks are generally hanging out, and then set up around concentrations of does, which are easy to pattern around major food sources in mid-October. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Top 10 Lessons from the 2019 Deer Season," 27 Jan. 2020 The shows began combining in the December finales when a vehicle crashes into Joe’s Bar, a place where Station 19 and Grey Sloan employees hang out, putting characters from both shows in peril. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ crossover | How to watch, time, channel, live stream," 23 Jan. 2020 However, after realizing that her mom is dating her new coach, Serena starts to hang out with Justin's twin brothers in hopes to gain some company. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Serena From Netflix's "Spinning Out"?," 13 Jan. 2020 Snorkeling costs $15 to $20 for the gear, and sea lion selfies are free — on any beach where those creatures hang out. Esther Trattner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "15 trips to take in retirement," 24 Sep. 2019 The waterproof bottom means Fido can hang out with you in the parking lot while tailgating. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "8 Cozy Home Upgrades to Get You Through Winter," 26 Jan. 2020 The map helps fishing vessels avoid areas where turtles are likely to be hanging out at any given time, reducing turtle bycatch in the process. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "To Conserve Marine Species, Make Protected Areas Mobile," 17 Jan. 2020 But there’s a long tradition at the Oscars of considering male-centric war films like 1917, mob films like The Irishman and even films like Once Upon a Time, largely about two old pals hanging out for a day, as serious fare. Time, "Why Do the Oscars Keep Shutting Women Out of Best Director? This One Academy Rule Helps Explain It," 13 Jan. 2020

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hangout

informal : a place where a person spends a lot of time


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

Kids Definition of hangout

: a favorite place for spending time

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