- hundreds and thousands,
- huneker, james gibbons,
- hung hsiu-ch'uan,
- hung jury,
- hung up,
- detained unavoidably.
- stymied or baffled by a problem.
- Baseball, Softball.(of a base runner) trapped between bases and in danger of being tagged out.
- obsessed by: a clerk hung up on petty details.
- infatuated with.
verb (used with object), hung or especially for 4, 5, 20, hanged; hang·ing.
- to exhibit (a painting or group of paintings): The gallery hung his paintings in a small corner.
- to put the paintings of (an art exhibition) on the wall of a gallery: They hung the show that morning.
verb (used without object), hung or especially for 24, hanged; hang·ing.
- to be exhibited: His works hang in most major museums.
- to have one's works on display: Rembrandt hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- loss of way due to adverse wind or current.
- a rake, as of a mast.
- to spend time in a certain place or in certain company: He hangs around with an older crowd.
- to linger about; loiter: They had stopped working and were just hanging around to talk.
- to be reluctant to proceed or move forward: The older pupils went straight to the podium, but the younger ones hung back out of shyness.
- to refrain from taking action; hesitate: A forward pass would have been the best call, but the quarterback hung back because his last pass had been intercepted.
- to hold fast; cling to.
- to continue with effort; persevere: If you can hang on for a month longer, you will be eligible for the bonus.
- to be sustained to the point of danger, tedium, etc.: coughs that hang on for months.
- to keep a telephone line open: Hang on, I'll see if she's here.
- to wait briefly; keep calm.
- to lean or be suspended through an opening.
- Informal.to frequent a particular place, especially in idling away one's free time: to hang out in a bar.
- Informal.to loiter in public places: nothing to do on Saturday night but hang out.
- Informal.to consort or appear in public with: Who's she been hanging out with?
- Slang.to calm down: Hang out, Mom, I'm OK.
- to wait, especially briefly: Hang out a minute while I get my backpack.
- to suspend in open view; display: to hang out the flag.
- to remain to be settled; be postponed: They will probably let the final decision hang over until next year.
- to be imminent or foreboding; threaten: Economic ruin hangs over the town.
- to suspend by placing on a hook, peg, or hanger.
- to cause or encounter delay; suspend or slow the progress of: The accident hung up the traffic for several hours.
- to break a telephone connection by replacing the receiver on the hook: She received an anonymous call, but the party hung up when she threatened to call the police.
- to cause a hang-up or hang-ups in: The experience hung her up for years.
Origin of hang
Examples from the Web for hung
Beyond the huge American flag that hung over the street, the mile-long mass of cops ended.
The marchers began to stream out of the park, where they walked West on 110th and then hung a right on 7th Avenue.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Somebody had hung an American flag and people of the neighborhood had placed bouquets and candles.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Det. 2: (slamming his hand on the table and yelling) You hung her!How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lemkin hung around the proceedings, disheveled and unkempt, but determined.
Mr. Force got up, took an overcoat from a hook on the wall and hung it against the door.Her Mother's Secret|Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Madame de Noirmont had not a word to say in reply; she hung her head and seemed completely crushed.The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)|Charles Paul de Kock
He hung about the house for several days, dreading the return to college and Mrs. Winkler.The Forbidden Trail|Honor Willsie
Foulon is carried off; dragged across the square, and hung to the lamp post.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
The signet is hung upon a swivel, and has hieroglyphics on what may be called the reverse.
- (of a legislative assembly) not having a party with a working majoritya hung parliament
- unable to reach a decisiona hung jury
- (of a situation) unable to be resolved
- impeded by some difficulty or delay
- in a state of confusion; emotionally disturbed
verb hangs, hanging or hung (hʌŋ)
- to be delayed
- to procrastinateSee also fire (def. 16)
- to understand the technique of doing something
- to perceive the meaning or significance of
Word Origin for hang
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.
a fusion of Old English hon "suspend" (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tense heng, past participle hangen), and Old English hangian (weak, intransitive, past tense hangode) "be suspended;" also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja "suspend," and hanga "be suspended." All from Proto-Germanic *khang- (cf. Old Frisian hangia, Dutch hangen, German hängen), from PIE *kank- "to hang" (cf. Gothic hahan, Hittite gang- "to hang," Sanskrit sankate "wavers," Latin cunctari "to delay;" see also second element in Stonehenge). As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion).
Hung emerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, and hanged endured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) and metaphors extended from it (I'll be hanged). Teen slang sense of "spend time" first recorded 1951; hang around "idle, loiter" is from 1830, and hang out (v.) is from 1811. Hang fire (1781) was originally used of guns that were slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge. To let it all hang out "be relaxed and uninhibited" is from 1967.
late 15c., "a sling," from hang (v.). Meaning "a curtain" is from c.1500; that of "the way cloth hangs" is from 1797. To get the hang of (something) "become capable" is from 1834, American English. Perhaps originally in reference to a certain tool or feat, but, if so, its origin has been forgotten. It doesn't seem to have been originally associated with drapery or any other special use of hang.
'To get the hang of a thing,' is to get the knack, or habitual facility of doing it well. A low expression frequently heard among us. In the Craven Dialect of England is the word hank, a habit; from which this word hang may perhaps be derived. [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," New York, 1848]