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[huhng] /hʌŋ/
simple past tense and past participle of hang.
Slang: Vulgar. (of a male) having very large genitals.
hung over, Informal. suffering the effects of a hangover:
On New Year's Day the houseguests were all hung over.
Also, hungover.
hung up, Informal.
  1. detained unavoidably.
  2. stymied or baffled by a problem.
  3. Baseball, Softball. (of a base runner) trapped between bases and in danger of being tagged out.
hung up on, Slang.
  1. obsessed by:
    a clerk hung up on petty details.
  2. infatuated with.
Related forms
unhung, adjective
well-hung, adjective
Can be confused
hanged, hung (see usage note at hang)
Usage note
See hang. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for hung up on


the usual past tense and past participle of hang
  1. (of a legislative assembly) not having a party with a working majority: a hung parliament
  2. unable to reach a decision: a hung jury
  3. (of a situation) unable to be resolved
(informal) hung over, suffering from the effects of a hangover
(slang) hung up
  1. impeded by some difficulty or delay
  2. in a state of confusion; emotionally disturbed
(slang) hung up on, obsessively or exclusively interested in: he's hung up on modern art these days
Usage note
For most senses of hang the past tense and past participle is hung: I hung the curtains; he had hung the new painting on the wall. However, when the meaning is 'to suspend or be suspended by the neck until dead', the past tense and past participle is hanged: the traitors were hanged; they had hanged him at dawn. This form is also used in the idiom I'll be hanged
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hung up on



past tense of hang; meaning "having impressive male genitals" is from 1640s; of a jury, "unable to agree," 1838, American English. Hung-over (also hungover) in the drinking sense is from 1950 (see hangover); hung-up "obsessed" is from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hung up on

hung up on

adjective phrase

Obsessed with; stalled or frustrated by; suffering a hangup over: I'm hung up on fried rice (1957+ Beat & cool talk)



  1. hung over (1958+)
  2. In love (1955+ Rock and roll)
  3. Having impressive male genitals; hung like a bull, well-hung (1641+)
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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