hangout

noun
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

verb
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

Rehearsals and constant weekend hangouts at her house led to a fast and close friendship. Maggie Parker, Glamour, "My Friend and I Were Sexually Assaulted by the Same Guy—Our Friendship May Have Saved Us," 7 May 2019 From sweet matching moments to ~artsy~ photo shoots, the stars of the hit CW series never fail to bring their style A-game to any event, red carpet, or casual hangout. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Riverdale" Cast Walked the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 As far as its microbiome goes, the ISS tends to resemble gyms, offices, homes, or any other typical human hangout. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found Loads of Bacteria and Fungi on the ISS," 8 Apr. 2019 From there, make your way into the main floor’s expansive hangout areas, with soaring ceilings and a futuristic-style architecture that sets the stage for the magnificence of each respective room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Damien Hirst Designs the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2019 Both hangouts have vastly different characters crowding the streets on a Saturday night, but both were revitalized in recent years with their heritage in mind. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "As Homebuyers Flock In, Fort Worth Embraces its Cowtown Reputation," 17 Jan. 2019 Lucky little Luna, who turns three this month, later christened her new hangout. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Over-the-Top Family Playhouse Is Surprisingly Affordable," 6 Apr. 2019 Thanks to Snapchat, their hangout was well documented. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did Kylie Jenner Keep Jordyn Woods’ Secret About Hooking Up with Tristan Thompson?," 21 Feb. 2019 James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects built this 80-square-foot cabin as a dual purpose work studio and hangout space for his young daughter. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Architect’s tiny studio doubles as a hangout for his daughter," 20 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Howard wants to know why Stuart doesn’t hang out at Denise’s place more often. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 10 May 2019 Chip just posted a photo on Instagram of not just the girls, but the whole gang: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Chip Gaines, and Joanna Gaines are all presently hanging out together. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "Jennifer Lopez and Joanna Gaines Take Their Friendship to the Next Level in New Instagram Posts," 28 Apr. 2019 Back in the days before TV and air conditioning lured people indoors, Americans often hung out on front porches, enjoying the fresh air and socializing with neighbors. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "A small but social spot: Trends in front-porch decorating," 26 Mar. 2019 The stars saw each other recently, however, as Us Weekly reported that Cooper and Gaga hung out at a pre-Oscars party over the weekend and even ran into the singer's ex-fiancé, Christian Carino. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Reunite at the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 In this video, the spiders aren’t really falling from the sky so much as hanging out there, waiting for prey. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It's Raining Spiders in Brazil," 14 Jan. 2019 In fairness, that would be a lot easier to communicate to someone like a partner than a one-time guest, new friend, or group of people hanging out at your place. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?," 29 Mar. 2019 There's lots of ways to hang out at Camp Grier in the Asheville area. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "'We leave technology behind' at Camp Grier, and enjoy nature instead," 5 July 2018 That first spring, the couple — once known as John and Mary but dubbed Renwick and Minerva after Dick’s Nova Scotian grandparents — hung out but didn’t procreate. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Duck, duck, geese: It’s the time of year when waterways are full of water birds," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of hangout

Noun

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hangout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hangout

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

hangout

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

Kids Definition of hangout

: a favorite place for spending time

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