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 Then there’s the hangout de resistance: an underground lounge with turquoise banquettes, gold lamé pillows, Hollywood Regency feather lamps, and a bowling alley. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Britely, a New Member’s Club in Los Angeles, Is Feather-Filled and Fabulous," 30 Mar. 2021 But for Smith, sometime in early summer, friends seemed to grow tired of video calls, opting instead for the occasional park hangout or stroll around New York. Caroline Kitchener Washington Post, Star Tribune, "The pandemic has us doubting our friendships," 26 Mar. 2021 Lawrence Kasdan's landmark hangout movie is perhaps best remembered for its nostalgia-inducing tunes and frank discussion of suicide, as a group of college friends reunite for a weekend of revelry after their classmate's funeral. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Glenn Close's Oscar-nominated performances, ranked (including 'Hillbilly Elegy' and 'Fatal Attraction')," 25 Mar. 2021 Decisions made at the very beginning of the hangout will carry through the paths all the way until the end. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "A Warning About Genshin Impact’s Hangout Endings," 21 Mar. 2021 Sam Dean wrote a fascinating story that dug into the scams on the tech world’s hottest new virtual hangout and the reasons for the audio app’s exploding popularity. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Are summer blockbuster movies happening? Imax CEO has ‘no doubt’," 2 Mar. 2021 Developer Zaid Elia of the Elia Group and the Iconic Collection bought the Anchor Bar in 2018, renovating and giving it a fresh new look while continuing its hangout bar appeal. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Anchor Bar to reopen with a revamped menu, plans for Tigers' opening day," 22 Mar. 2021 Trump is set to address the April retreat during a private dinner at Mar-a-Lago, a hangout popular with Republican insiders allied with the 45th president. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trip to meet Trump grand prize in RNC contest as GOP leans on ex-president to raise funds," 18 Mar. 2021 When searching for adult beverages, visit Johnny’s Taphouse and Grill, Cat’n Jack’s Waterfront Grille for a tiki bar hangout or Anclote Brew. Patrick Connolly,, "A day in Tarpon Springs is filled with sea sponges, Greek culture," 14 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The older guys from the Shed began to hang out with us and our limited number of school friends. Rolling Stone, "How a Teenaged Brandi Carlile Quit School, Overcame Tragedy, and Met Her First Love," 11 Apr. 2021 Peña said Lane's boyfriend took her to hang out with Pequeño on the day of the shooting., "Arizona ranks No. 1 for shootings by US Marshals Service task forces, investigation shows," 11 Feb. 2021 The pandemic has severely disrupted their lives, Freed said, pointing to the cancellation of school activities and the inability to hang out with friends due to social distancing. Megan Marples, CNN, "Nearly half of parents said teens face new or worsening mental health issues during pandemic, poll says," 16 Mar. 2021 Disney's Marvel Day at Sea offers guests the chance to hang out with iconic characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, and Iron Man while relaxing on board a Disney cruise ship. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Disney Is Bringing Back Its Popular 'Marvel' and 'Star Wars' Characters to 2022 Cruises," 19 Feb. 2021 One of the Suns scrubs who’d hang out at Westphal’s house in those days was Pat Riley. Dan Shaughnessy,, "It’s not ‘politics’ that affects Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame case, and other thoughts," 8 Jan. 2021 Cards were an excuse to hang out and laugh, team up and tease. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Our favorite card games for holiday fun, from Brisc to Slap," 21 Nov. 2020 The owner of Flashback Funtiques has even been rumored to occasionally offer a cold Shiner to those perusing his wares, so get ready to hang out awhile. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Boerne, Texas, is a Hill Country Hideaway," 9 Mar. 2021 Loser of the episode: All three women for being forced to hang out together during fantasy suites week. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelor Season 25 Episode 10 Recap: Therapy Suites," 9 Mar. 2021

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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