[hang-er-on, -awn]

noun, plural hang·ers-on.

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.

Nearby words

  1. hangdog,
  2. hanged,
  3. hanged for a sheep as a lamb, might as well be,
  4. hanged, drawn, and quartered,
  5. hanger,
  6. hangfire,
  7. hangi,
  8. hanging,
  9. hanging gardens of babylon,
  10. hanging glacier

Origin of hanger-on

1540–50; noun use of verb phrase hang on; see -er1

SYNONYMS FOR hanger-on
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British Dictionary definitions for hangerson


noun plural hangers-on

a sycophantic follower or dependant, esp one hoping for personal gain
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