Hang Definition

hăng
hanged, hanging, hangs, hung
verb
hanged, hanging, hangs, hung
To hell with; damn.
Webster's New World
To attach to something above with no support from below; suspend.
Webster's New World
To attach so as to permit free motion at the point of attachment.
To hang a door on its hinges.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
To swing, as on a hinge.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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noun
The way that a thing hangs.
Webster's New World
A downward inclination or slope.
American Heritage
Particular meaning or significance.
American Heritage
A pause in, or suspension of, motion.
Webster's New World
The proper method for doing, using, or handling something.
Finally got the hang of it.
American Heritage
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idiom
give
  • To be concerned or anxious:

    I don't give a hang what you do.

American Heritage
hang fire
  • To delay:
  • To be slow in firing, as a gun.
American Heritage
hang in there
  • To persevere despite difficulties; persist:

    She hung in there despite pressure to resign.

American Heritage
hang it up
  • To give up; quit.
American Heritage
hang loose
  • To stay calm or relaxed.
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Other Word Forms of Hang

Noun

Singular:
hang
Plural:
hanghang

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Hang

Origin of Hang

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • Middle English hongen from Old English hangian to be suspended and from hōn to hang konk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of ham sandwich.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Alemannic German Hang (“hand”)

    From Wiktionary

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