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


The park was their favorite hangout. a favorite hangout of the golden-agers is the local community center

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Piazza, the once-buzzing, now-quiet retail/hangout spot in Northern Liberties, gets a new addition this weekend. Ray Boyd,, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 The British Bulldog, 2052 Stout St. This longtime Denver soccer hangout will be open for all matches, with the volume up on the TVs and a full menu of food along with the usual lunch specials. John Meyer, The Know, "Women’s World Cup soccer is upon us; here’s what you need to know," 3 June 2019 But a big Magnolia Avenue hangout is planning a move to South Main, according to an Instagram post. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "The Bearded Lady has plans to put on a new face in a new place," 1 June 2018 As far as chic hotel hangouts go, the Palmer project rings somewhat familiar — cabanas, shallow ledge pool, modern furniture, stone fire pits, etc. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Check out the sweeping views from Napa’s only rooftop bar," 6 Apr. 2018 As the name suggests, these all-female hangouts tended to coincide with the full moon. Jenn Sinrich, Marie Claire, "Women Have Noticed a Strange Side Effect of Today's Solar Eclipse," 21 Aug. 2017 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

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So Jerry sent Doug Kershaw and a limo full of showgirls over to hang out. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Musician Todd Rundgren has written a memoir. And it has 183 chapters," 21 June 2019 There’s a really great open-mic in Wicker Park on Wednesday nights where I can be found; amazing group of musicians who come out to hang out, support each other, fill in where needed. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Shout Out: Joe Martin, author and entrepreneur," 18 June 2019 The researchers suggest that in the 20,000 years or so since humans and dogs began hanging out, evolutionary pressures have caused the LAOM muscle to develop in canines in order to communicate with their human companions. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dogs Evolved a Special Muscle That Lets Them Make ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’," 18 June 2019 Many are deeply unhappy spending so much time on social media and would rather hang out with their friends in real life. Arunas L. Radzvilavicius, Quartz, "The inescapable social media crisis is about expectations, not addiction," 16 June 2019 But hanging out by the pool and roasting weenies wasn’t the original purpose of the day. Brian Clark Howard And Sydney Combs, National Geographic, "Memorial Day's controversial history explained," 24 May 2019 She and Prince Harry appeared at St. George's Hall for their official royal photo-call Wednesday morning, all smiles after spending some time away from the public eye to hang out with the newborn. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Of Course Archie Harrison Memes Are Taking Over the Internet," 8 May 2019 Take that time to hang out with friends, or make sure your credit card hasn’t been charged for any unwanted subscription services. Caitlin Kelly, WIRED, "How to Stream the 2019 World Cup for Free," 6 June 2019 Nacho, who hung out with Harry at the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Rome this week, posted a touching tribute to his longtime friend on Instagram. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry's BFF, Polo Star Nacho Figueras, Just Posted the Sweetest Tribute to Their Friendship," 26 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce hangout (audio) \

Kids Definition of hangout

: a favorite place for spending time

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