A person who spends time in the company of another person or of a group out of admiration or for personal gain.
A follower or dependent.
A person who joins another, some group, etc. although not wanted.
A sycophant; parasite.
One who hangs on, or sticks to, a person, place, or service; a dependent; one who adheres to others' society longer than he is wanted. - Oliver Goldsmith.
Other Word Forms
Origin of hanger-on
Agent noun of hang on.
Hanger-on Sentence Examples
As a hanger-on in great houses he had little time for systematic work, and he wrote the "Lives" in the early morning while his hosts were sleeping off the effects of the dissipation of the night before.
The term parasite, from meaning a "hanger-on," has been transferred to any living creature which lives on another one.