Definition of hung 

(Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and past participle of hang


\ˈhəŋ \

Definition of hung (Entry 2 of 3)

: unable to reach a decision or verdict a hung jury also, British : not having a political party with an overall majority a hung parliament

Definition of Hung (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of hung in a Sentence


stood penitently before the judge with a hung head while he received his sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Do not miss this museum’s deep blue Great Hall, a soaring, two-story space with dozens of paintings, American and European, hung salon style. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 National elections produced a hung parliament split largely into three blocs. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Bickering Could Leave Italy Without a Government For Months," 23 Mar. 2018 That case culminated in a hung jury in fall 2017, after he was indicted on corruption charges. Lev Facher, STAT, "Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin," 13 July 2018 Plaintiffs’ lawyers have argued that talc causes mesothelioma in other cases, including a California lawsuit in which a jury awarded a woman $25.75 million and a South Carolina case that ended in a hung jury. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 Tellis's first trial ended in a hung jury and he's scheduled to be retried in September. Jeff Amy, Fox News, "Judge won't sanction prosecutor over inmate tampering claim," 10 July 2018 An October trial ended in a hung jury and Tellis is scheduled to be retried in September. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Defense lawyer: Prosecutor tried to coach false testimony," 3 July 2018 Other politicians have used political organizations as the home for their legal defense, including, most recently, Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat whose federal corruption trial ended in a hung jury. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Trump Associates Facing Mounting Legal Bills Turn to Financial Backers for Help," 25 June 2018 In the first trial, Judge Steven T. O’Neill of the Court of Common Pleas had allowed only one witness to testify about an incident with Mr. Cosby that had not led to charges, and that trial ended with a hung jury. New York Times, "Key Question for Judge in Weinstein Case: Can Other Accusers Testify?," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of hung


1848, in the meaning defined above

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