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Definition hang

Etymology 1

A fusion of Old English hōn (“to hang, be hanging”) [intrans.] and hangian (“to hang, cause to hang”) [trans.]; also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja (“suspend”) and hanga (“be suspended”); all from Proto-Germanic *hanhaną (compare Dutch hangen, Low German hangen and hängen, German hängen, Norwegian Bokmål henge, Norwegian Nynorsk henga), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱenk- (“to waver, be in suspense”) (compare Gothic ????? (hāhan), Hittite [Term?] (/gang-/, “to hang”), Sanskrit शङ्कते (śáṅkate, “is in doubt, hesitates”), Latin cunctari (“to delay”)) and Albanian çengë (“a hook”).


hang (third-person singular simple present hangs, present participle hanging, simple past and past participle hung or (archaic, legal) hanged)

  1. (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.
  2. (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
  3. (intransitive, of a ball in cricket, tennis, etc.) To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of the ground.
  4. (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.
  5. (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.
  • (transitive, law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.
  • (intransitive, law) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.
  • (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
  • (transitive) To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
  • (transitive) To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).
  • (transitive) To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
  • (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
  • (transitive) To prevent from reaching a decision, especially by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous.
  • (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard and mouse.
  • (transitive, computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.
  • (transitive, chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.
  • (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.
  • (transitive, baseball, slang) Of a pitcher, to throw a hittable off-speed pitch.
  • Noun

    hang (plural hangs)

    1. The way in which something hangs.
    2. (figuratively) A grip, understanding
    3. (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.
    4. A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
    5. The smallest amount of concern or consideration; a damn.

    Etymology 2

    From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of ham sandwich.


    hang (uncountable)

    1. (Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.

    Etymology 3



    1. Alternative spelling of Hang (“musical instrument”)

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