Definition of hung

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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 The next two ended in hung juries but the fourth resulted in a conviction. NBC News, "Exonerated man freed from prison, now in hotel quarantine: 'I could watch Netflix!'," 26 Apr. 2020 His first trial ended with a hung jury; his second carried on with a heavy shroud of secrecy as suppression orders limited what could be reported or even scrutinized., "Australian court overturns sex abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell," 7 Apr. 2020 Banton's first trial ended in a hung jury; he was released on bail when close friend Stephen Marley posted his home as bond and was free to plan and perform his Before The Dawn concert. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "After 10 Years in Prison, Jamaican Star Buju Banton Reclaims Musical Destiny With Historic Long Walk to Freedom Concert," 21 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, Alexis, who was a bit hung over from a night of drinking with Kristen Wiig, sat down at a nearby table. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Serena Williams's Husband Alexis Ohanian Gets Super Honest About Their Relationship," 2 July 2019 Beckwith had already been to trial twice for the crime, in 1964, both times ending in hung juries. Joseph Crespino, WSJ, "‘Race Against Time’ Review: A Reporter for Justice," 19 Feb. 2020 The Mississippi Supreme Court overturned Flowers' first three convictions, two of which resulted in death sentences, and his next two trials ended in hung juries. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Mississippi prosecutor who tried Curtis Flowers on murder charges six times steps down," 7 Jan. 2020 For all the hoopla, the trial ended in a hung jury. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 Conor went to trial in November 2019, but the trial resulted in a hung jury. Carol Robinson |, al, "Man convicted in 2018 deadly stabbing at downtown Birmingham furniture store," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hung


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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