- a person who remains in a place or attaches himself or herself to a group, another person, etc., although not wanted, especially in the hope or expectation of personal gain.
Origin of hanger-on
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Related Words for hanger-onlackey, dependent, freeloader, parasite, sycophant, follower, flunky, nuisance, leech, sponger
Examples from the Web for hanger-on
Historical Examples of hanger-on
He ceased for a time at least to be a gentleman to become a hanger-on, a parasite once more.
From Venice he wrote: "I am a gentleman here, but only a hanger-on at home."
“Yes, I feel that I am only a hanger-on to mother since we reached France,” he confessed.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
She was kind of a hanger-on, Cornelia was, you see, and she was used to going where she was sent.Odd Numbers
The whole gang of hanger-on chiefs is perpetually loaded to the guards.A Son Of The Sun
- a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain