A pair of socks hanging from a line.
- An example of to hang is attaching a painting to a wall.
- An example of to hang is a suspended trapeze performer.
- to attach to something above with no support from below; suspend
- to attach so as to permit free motion at the point of attachment: to hang a door on its hinges
- to put to death by tying a rope about the neck and suddenly suspending the body so as to snap the neck or cause strangulation
- to fasten (pictures, etc.) to a wall by hooks, wires, etc.
- to ornament or cover with things suspended: to hang a room with pictures and drapes
- to paste (wallpaper) to walls
- to exhibit (pictures) in a museum or gallery
- to let (one's head) droop downward
- to fasten (an ax head, scythe blade, etc.) with correct balance
- to pin and sew the hem of (a dress) evenly at a desired distance from the floor
- to deadlock (a jury) by one's vote
- to fix (something) on a person or thing
- Baseball to pitch (a breaking ball) that fails to curve sharply and is therefore easy to hit
Origin of hangMiddle English hangen, with form from Old English intransitive verb hangian and Old Norse intransitive verb hanga; senses from these, also from Old English transitive verb hon and Old Norse causative verb hengja; akin to German intransitive verb hangen, transitive verb hängen, to execute (caus.): all ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form ?enk, to sway, hang (akin to an unverified form keg- from source hook)
- to be attached to something above with no support from below
- to hover or float in the air, as though suspended
- to swing, as on a hinge
- to fall, flow, or drape, as cloth, a coat, etc.
- to die by hanging
- to incline; lean
- to droop; bend
- to be doubtful or undecided; hesitate
- to have one's pictures exhibited in a museum or gallery
- Slang: often with with[hanging with their friends at the mall]
- to loiter; idle
- to engage in social activity
- the way that a thing hangs
- a pause in, or suspension of, motion
get the hang of
- to learn (or have) the knack of
- to understand the significance or idea of
hang a left (or right)
- to cluster around
- Informal to loiter or linger around
- Informal to associate or socialize with: Don't hang around those kids!
hang around with
- to be slow in firing: said of a gun
- to be slow in doing something
- to be unsettled or undecided
hang five (or ten)
hang in (there)
hang it up
- to keep hold
- Informal to hold steadfast; persevere
- to depend on; be contingent on
- to listen attentively to: to hang on a speaker's every word
hang one onSlang
- to hit with a blow
- to go on a drunken spree
- to lean out
- to display, as by suspending
- to reside
- to spend much of one's time; frequent a place
- Slang to loiter; idle
- to project over; overhang
- to loom over; threaten
- to be left from a previous time or state
- to stick or remain together
- to make sense in a coherent way
- to put on a hanger, hook, etc., esp. in the proper place
- to put a telephone receiver or handset back in place in ending a call
- to delay or suspend the progress of: cars that are hung up in traffic
hang up on someone
let it all hang out
not care a hang about
verbhung, hang·ing, hangs
- To fasten from above with no support from below; suspend: hung the hat on a peg.
- To suspend or fasten so as to allow free movement at or about the point of suspension: hang a door.
- past tense and past participle hanged, a. To execute by hanging: They hanged the prisoner at dawn.b. Used to express exasperation or disgust: I'll be hanged! Hang it all!
- To alter the hem of (a garment) so as to fall evenly at a specified height.
- To furnish, decorate, or appoint by suspending objects around or about: hang a room with curtains.
- To hold or incline downward; let droop: hang one's head in sorrow.
- Informal To make (a turn in a specific direction): At the next intersection, hang a right.
- a. To attach to a wall: hang wallpaper.b. To display by attaching to a wall or other structure: hung four new paintings in the foyer.
- Informal To give (a nickname or label) to someone.
- To deadlock (a jury) by failing to render a unanimous verdict.
- Baseball To throw (a pitch) in such a manner as to fail to break.
- Computers To cause (a computer system) to halt so that input devices, such as the keyboard or the mouse, do not function.
- To be attached from above with no support from below.
- To die as a result of hanging.
- To remain suspended or poised over a place or an object; hover: rain clouds hanging low over the corn fields.
- To attach oneself as a dependent or an impediment; cling.
- To incline downward; droop.
- To depend: Everything hangs on the committee's decision.
- To pay strict attention: a student who hangs on the professor's every word.
- To remain unresolved or uncertain: His future hung in the balance.
- To fit the body in loose lines: a dress that hangs well.
- To be on display, as in a gallery.
- Baseball To fail to break or move in the intended way, as a curve ball.
- To be imminent; loom: the threat hanging over us.
- To be or become burdensome: Time hung heavy on my hands.
- Computers To be halted, as a computer system, so that input devices do not function: The power surge caused my computer to hang, so I had to reboot it.
- Slang a. To spend one's free time in a certain place. Often used with around or out: liked to hang out at the pool hall.b. To pass time idly; loiter. Often used with around or out: spent the evening hanging at home; hung out for an hour before going to the play.c. To keep company; see socially. Often used with around or out: hangs around with kids from a different school.
- The way in which something hangs.
- A downward inclination or slope.
- Particular meaning or significance.
- Informal The proper method for doing, using, or handling something: finally got the hang of it.
- A suspension of motion; a slackening.
Origin of hangMiddle English hongen from Old English hangian to be suspended and from hōn to hang ; see konk- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Hanged, as a past tense and a past participle of hang, is used in the sense of “to put to death by hanging,” as in Frontier courts hanged many a prisoner after a summary trial. In our 2008 survey, some 71 percent of the Usage Panel objected to hung used in this sense. The Panel's opposition to this usage has remained strong since balloting began in the 1960s. In all other senses, hung is the preferred form as past tense and past participle, as in I hung my child's picture above my desk.
(third-person singular simple present hangs, present participle hanging, simple past and past participle hung or hanged (mostly archaic and legal – see usage))
- (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.
- The lights hung from the ceiling.
- (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
- The smoke hung in the room.
- To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.
- He hung his head in shame.
- To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.
- Hang those lights from the ceiling.
- (law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.
- The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.
- (intransitive, law) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.
- You will hang for this, my friend.
- (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
- Are you busy, or can you hang with me?
- I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.
- To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
- To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).
- Let's hang this cute animal design in the nursery
- To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
- (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard or mouse.
- The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> works.
- When I push this button the program hangs.
- (computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.
- The program has a bug that can hang the system.
- (chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.
- If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.
- (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.
- In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.
- Formerly, at least through the 16th century, the past tense of hang was hanged. This form is retained for the legal senses "to be executed by suspension from the neck" and "to execute by suspension from the neck" and hung for all other meanings. However, this rule is not uniformly understood or observed. Hung is sometimes substituted for hanged, which would be considered inappropriate in legal or other formal writing (for the applicable senses only) or, more rarely, vice versa. See also the etymology – in Old English there were separate words for transitive (whence "hanged") and intransitive (whence "hung").
- "Hanged" may sometimes be used as the simple past tense, but "hung" could be taken as the past participle of "hang", though there is no good rationale for this distinction.
- The way in which something hangs.
- This skirt has a nice hang.
- (figuratively) A grip, understanding
- He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations
- (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.
- We sometimes get system hangs.
- (music) An idiophone somewhat similar to a steelpan
- A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
A fusion of Old English hōn (“to hang, be hanging”) [intrans.] and hangian (“to hang, cause to hang”) [trans.]; also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja (“suspend”) and hanga (“be suspended”); all from Proto-Germanic *hanhaną (compare Dutch hangen, German hängen), from Proto-Indo-European *keng- (“to waver, be in suspense”) (compare Gothic (hāhan), Hittite gang- (“to hang”), Sanskrit [script?] (sankate, “wavers”), Latin cunctari (“to delay”)) and Albanian çengë (“a hook”).
From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of ham sandwich.
- Name and trademark of a musical instrument invented and built by PANArt Hangbau AG.
From Alemannic German Hang (“hand”)