Hanger-on definitions

hăng'ər-ŏn', -ôn'
A person who spends time in the company of another person or of a group out of admiration or for personal gain.
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A follower or dependent.
  • A person who joins another, some group, etc. although not wanted.
  • A sycophant; parasite.
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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.
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Origin of hanger-on

Agent noun of hang on.