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)
- (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.
- (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
- (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.
- (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.
- (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.