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

On Andalusia's Costa del Sol, Marbella is known for mega-yachts, supercars, and as a summer hangout for Europe's aristocracy. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Spain," 19 July 2019 One upshot of the Capitol restoration: The press offices were demolished and replaced with very fancy, ornate hangouts for the two top legislative leaders. George Skelton,, "Afraid of the Big One? Consider Sacramento, which avoids the worst California quakes," 15 July 2019 One upshot of the Capitol restoration: The press offices were demolished and replaced with very fancy, ornate hangouts for the two top legislative leaders. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: What’s the safest California city in an earthquake?," 15 July 2019 The Shores’ Big Bang happened in 1926, when Frederick William Kellogg launched a $900,000 plan to dig a harbor, build two breakwaters and create an exclusive hangout for the sailing set. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla Shores: Tennis, caves and brunch, anyone?," 28 June 2019 Doug Deason, another prominent Trump donor, explained one reason: Visiting Trump's hotel often means hobnobbing with officials in Trump's government, who treat the lobby as a friendly hangout. Anchorage Daily News, "Money follows Trump when he visits his clubs, as Republicans and officials pay to be with him," 21 June 2019 Enduring Pigalle hangouts include Le Pantruche restaurant, Mamiche bakery, and the Bloc de l'Est concept store. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 The new North End, which last year was a parking lot near the campground, now has specialty merchants, whimsical statues, a new food hangout and a new $16 million events center for rotating exhibits. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "North End brings a new look, new events center and Angry Birds to Minnesota State Fair," 21 Aug. 2019 Bubbly foam bits hung from trees, trampolines woven with yarn and an igloo-esque hangout with airplane seats gave people places to lounge, while kids jumped and rolled around on plastic cushions and rolls. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Meow Wolf's Taos Vortex Festival Brought Community to the Forefront," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Benson also hung out at Delevingne's 26th birthday alongside Margot Robbie and Sienna Miller. Glamour, "Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 10 Sep. 2019 Between dives, guests typically hang out in the galley, reviewing photos of their dives and trading stories. Gregory Thomas,, "After fire, divers worry that burst of regulations will restrain free-spirited sport," 10 Sep. 2019 Born each summer in the deserts of the Southwest and Baja California, this weather phenomenon usually hangs out to the south. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Bay Area weather: Thunderstorms, isolated showers possible Wednesday," 4 Sep. 2019 Ed Orgeron hung out the window of his black GMC Yukon while driving well over the speed limit on I-12, from his family home in Mandeville to Baton Rouge. Ross Dellenger,, "The Story of Tom Herman, Ed Orgeron and LSU's Wild 2016 Coaching Search," 2 Sep. 2019 Fans hung out in the parking lot ahead of time, grabbing beers and food before heading inside to dance. The Know, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Beer, pipes, dancing and a pigeon head at the Phish concert," 2 Sep. 2019 All three objects are hanging out around the Scorpius constellation region. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "See Neptune at its best and more top stargazing in September," 1 Sep. 2019 To have been able to be with them and align with them on supporting them in this project, and to get to be a part of it and hang out with them, from the beginning to the completion of the film, was an absolute joy. David Canfield,, "Judith Light: 'I'm coming into the best years of my life'," 30 Aug. 2019 Ever hang out in a sketchy tunnel that would be perfect for the competition? Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Government Needs Your Help Finding Sketchy Underground Tunnels ASAP," 30 Aug. 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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