- a shoulder-shaped frame with a hook at the top, usually of wire, wood, or plastic, for draping and hanging a garment when not in use.
- a part of something by which it is hung, as a loop on a garment.
- a contrivance on which things are hung, as a hook.
- Automotive. a double-hinged device linking the chassis with the leaf springs on vehicles having solid axles.
- a light saber of the 17th and 18th centuries, often worn by sailors.
- a person who hangs something.
Origin of hanger
Examples from the Web for hanger
It was all about how much you can look like a hanger on the runway.Brooklyn Decker on Her ‘Horrible’ Modeling Experiences, Marriage, and Cracking Hollywood
April 11, 2014
A hanger found in a driveway in the 1500 block of Sixth Street caused suspicion.In Oregon, No Silly Call Is Too Small for Papers’ Police Blotters
Kelly Williams Brown
January 11, 2014
That same day, Hanger pulled over a beat-up Mercury Marquis with no license plates cruising down a highway headed to Kansas.Oklahoma City Bombing’s Unanswered Questions in New Book
April 18, 2012
"No... no... no...," she said as she slid each garment aside on its hanger.Sarah Palin or Danielle Steel?
November 17, 2009
I'll lay the first fellow's skull open with this hanger that fires a shot at him.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
He strode out of the office, hooking his sidearm belt from a hanger as he went by.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
He took his coat from the hanger, put it on, and reached for his hat, then hesitated.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
Behind a calico curtain was his new suit, dismayingly neat on its hanger.Free Air
He drew his hanger; and for that instant his sun was at noon.Peter and Wendy
James Matthew Barrie
- any support, such as a hook, strap, peg, or loop, on or by which something may be hung
- See coat hanger
- a person who hangs something
- (in combination)paperhanger
- a bracket designed to attach one part of a mechanical structure to another, such as the one that attaches the spring shackle of a motor car to the chassis
- a wood on a steep hillside, characteristically beech growing on chalk in southern England
- a loop or strap on a sword belt from which a short sword or dagger was hung
- the weapon itself
Word Origin and History for hanger
early 15c., "one who hangs (something)," especially "hangman;" agent noun of hang (v.). Meaning "something that is suspended" is late 15c. Meaning "thing from which something is hung" is from 1690s. Specifically of coat or dress hangers from 1873. Hanger-on is from 1540s.