Definition of hung

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and past participle of hang


\ ˈhəŋ How to pronounce hung (audio) \

Definition of hung (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of Hung (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of hung in a Sentence

Adjective stood penitently before the judge with a hung head while he received his sentence
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His 1985 trial ended in a hung jury; at a second trial, in 1986, he was acquitted. New York Times, 12 July 2021 The 60 black-and-white prints, many double-hung in a gallery on the museum’s fifth floor, are arranged thematically. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Of note is that Cosby’s first trial (the one that ended in a hung jury) actually took place before Harvey Weinstein was accused of misconduct. Natalie Hope Mcdonald, Vulture, 30 June 2021 While rarely a sound defense under the law, the defense would need only one sympathetic juror to secure a hung jury and a mistrial. Norman Eisen, CNN, 29 June 2021 The MacDonald case ended in a hung jury; to avoid a second trial, Mr. McGinniss settled with Dr. MacDonald for $325,000. New York Times, 17 June 2021 After a trial that ended with a hung jury in 1975, fraud charges against Bailey were dropped, but the matter reportedly put a severe crimp in his finances. David Colker, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 As a result, outdoor spaces became oases — gardens were planted, hammocks were hung and patio furniture was set up to mimic the look of indoor rooms. Ana Pelayo Connery, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 Too in 2018, after his first trial in 2017 ended in a hung jury a year before. Natalie Hope Mcdonald, Vulture, 28 May 2021

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1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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