or cliff·hang·ing

[ klif-hang-ing ]
/ ˈklɪfˌhæŋ ɪŋ /


of, relating to, or characteristic of a cliff-hanger: a cliff-hanging vote of 20–19.

Origin of cliff-hanging

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40

Definition for cliff-hanging (2 of 2)


or cliff·hang

[ klif-hang ]
/ ˈklɪfˌhæŋ /

verb (used without object), cliff-hung, cliff-hang·ing. Informal.

to wait eagerly for the outcome of a suspenseful situation or contest.

Origin of cliff-hang

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019