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[hat-rak] /ˈhætˌræk/
a frame, stand, or post having knobs or hooks for hanging hats.
Origin of hatrack
First recorded in 1870-75; hat + rack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He walked more rapidly, and finally, seizing his hat from the hatrack, stepped out to the street.

  • It had a single desk in it, and three chairs, and a hatrack.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In a moment she had hatrack turned, and was going back to where Bud was waiting for her.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
  • There wasn't any coat or hat on the hatrack, and there was nobody in the chairs.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The front hall was dark and cold; the hatrack was hung with an astonishing number of children's hats and caps and cloaks.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • She leaned against the hatrack and buried her face in the folds of a coat.

  • As Stella climbed into the saddle, hatrack gave two or three kittenish jumps, and the crowd yelled.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
  • Why, that little mare will run away from you as if hatrack was tied to a post.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
  • India gave a little exclamation and moved toward the hatrack.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • But hatrack is some, too, an' I want that magpie pony for Stella.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
Slang definitions & phrases for hatrack



A thin or frail person; beanpole (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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