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

Trader Joe's said the store — known by customers as a neighborhood hangout with great customer service — would remain closed for the foreseeable future. Michael Balsamo, Fox News, "Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud," 23 July 2018 Trader Joe’s said the store — known by customers as a neighborhood hangout with great customer service — would remain closed for the foreseeable future. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud," 23 July 2018 The New York Times reported that the bar was a popular hangout spot for survivors of the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest country-music festival mass shooting that occurred in 2017. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 Our house was the hangout spot for all of our friends. Marc Myers, WSJ, "NBA Star Chris Paul Learned Early to Think Like a Boss," 2 Oct. 2018 During the happier moments of their hangout today, Bieber and Baldwin were also seen having a meal at Bubby's and snapping photos with a couple of fans. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Were Seen Crying Together and Now We're Crying," 7 Aug. 2018 Mow the Lawn Begin by getting rid of tall grass and brush, especially at the edge of your lawn, to eliminate ticks’ favorite hangout spots. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "5 Effective Ways to Keep Ticks Out of Your Yard," 26 May 2018 Go to the movies, mall, or your usual hangout spot to get her mind on other things. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "How To Help A Friend Who Has An Eating Disorder," 28 Feb. 2012 Rising Star has set up Google hangout sessions to chat with K-12 classrooms across the world. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Star Millie Bobby Brown shared photos from set to mark the end of shooting Season 3 in early November, and one showed her hanging out on the Starcourt Mall set with Noah Schnapp, who plays Will. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 10 Dec. 2018 With exposed ceiling beams and a charming stone fireplace—decorated with more garland and candles, of course—this cozy room is where the group will want to hang out all weekend long. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 She's been hanging out with a gang member, the prosecutor added. Daniel González, azcentral, "'Do you want to go back to Guatemala?' Court gives glimpse into migrant family separations," 22 June 2018 And then getting to hang out with the producers, that was really cool. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Isan Elba, the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador," 3 Jan. 2019 Wirtanen, in particular, tends to hang out mostly near the orbit of Jupiter. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is the 'Christmas Comet' Green?," 18 Dec. 2018 In the video, Joel Courtney, who played Lee in The Kissing Booth, is seen hanging out near a Dance Dance Revolution game while Joey sneaks around him. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“The Kissing Booth”’s Joey King Just Posted A Video Of A Hilarious Prank She Played On Set," 13 Dec. 2018 Joel and Joey were apparently playing a game of Dance Dance Revolution (just like Lee and Elle!) while hanging out when Joey pantsed him. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Pantsed Her "Kissing Booth" Costar Joel Courtney," 13 Dec. 2018 And knowing that guys want to get back together in this off time to not only just hang out but to work and get better at ball. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "QB Dak Prescott likes where Cowboys are headed, says doubters make them hungrier," 24 June 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

informal : 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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