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 𐌷𐌰𐌷𐌰𐌽 (hāhan), Hittite gang- (“to hang”), Sanskrit शङ्कते (śáṅkate, “is in doubt, hesitates”), Latin cunctari (“to delay”)) and Albanian çengë (“a hook”).
- (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.
The lights hung from the ceiling.
1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter II, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., 55 Fifth Avenue, , OCLC 2666860, page 0111:
- On the dark-green walls hung a series of eight engravings, portraits of early Victorian belles, clad in lace and tarletan ball dresses, clipped from an old Book of Beauty. Mrs. Bunting was very fond of these pictures; she thought they gave the drawing-room a note of elegance and refinement.
- (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
The smoke hung in the room.
- (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.
He hung his head in shame.
- (transitive) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger, or the like.
Hang those lights from the ceiling.
- It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
- (transitive, law) To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.
The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess:
- ‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’
- (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.
You will hang for this, my friend.
- (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
Are you busy, or can you hang with me? I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.
- (transitive) To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
- (transitive) To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).
Let's hang this cute animal design in the nursery.
- (transitive) To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
Let's hang the nursery with some new wallpaper.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
- 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Ch.X:
- Exploring, I found another short gallery running transversely to the first. This appeared to be devoted to minerals, and the sight of a block of sulphur set my mind running on gunpowder. But I could find no saltpeter; indeed no nitrates of any kind. Doubtless they had deliquesced ages ago. Yet the sulphur hung in my mind and set up a train of thinking.
- 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Ch.X:
- (transitive) To prevent from reaching a decision, especially by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous.
- One obstinate juror can hang a jury.
- (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard and mouse.
The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> works. When I push this button the program hangs.
- (transitive, computing) To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.
The program has a bug that can hang the system.
- (transitive, chess) To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.
If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.
- (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.
In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.
- (transitive, baseball, slang) Of a pitcher, to throw a hittable off-speed pitch.
- Formerly, at least through the 16th century, the past tense of the transitive use of hang was hanged (see quote from King James Bible, above). This form is retained for the legal senses "to be executed by suspension from the neck" and "to execute by suspension from the neck" and hung for all other meanings. However, this rule is not uniformly understood or observed. Hung is sometimes substituted for hanged, which would be considered inappropriate in legal or other formal writing (for the applicable senses only) or, more rarely, vice versa. See also the etymology.
- (be or remain suspended): be suspended, dangle
- (float as if suspended): float, hover
- (execute (someone) by suspension from the neck): lynch, string up
- (be executed): go to the gallows, swing (informal), take a ride to Tyburn (archaic)
- (loiter): hang about, hang around, loiter
- (computing: stop responding): freeze, lock up
- (cause (something) to be suspended): suspend
- (hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect): drop, lower
- (to place on a hook): hook, hook up
- (to put a telephone handset back on a hook): hang up
- (exhibit): exhibit, show
- (apply (wallpaper to a wall)): put up
- (decorate (something) with hanging objects): bedeck, deck, decorate
- (computing: cause (a program or computer) to stop responding): freeze, lock up
- (in chess: cause to become vulnerable to capture):
- (in chess: be vulnerable to capture):
- hang a left
- hang a right
- hang about
- hang around
- hang back
- hang, draw and quarter
- hang fire
- hang in
- hang in the balance
- hang in there
- hang it
- hang off
- hang on
- hang one's hat
- hang one's hat on
- hang onto
- hang out
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
hang (plural hangs)
- The way in which something hangs.
- This skirt has a nice hang.
- (figuratively) A grip, understanding
- He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations
- (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.
- We sometimes get system hangs.
- A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
- (Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.
hang (plural hangs)
- Alternative spelling of
hang (plural hange)
hang c (singular definite hangen, not used in plural form)
- inclination or disposition towards something
Manden har hang til raseri.
- The man is disposed towards rage.
- A support for hanging objects, such as a nail for a picture frame
- A place to dry or smoke produce
- A tendency, knack
Related to Finnish hanko.
hang (genitive [please provide], partitive [please provide])
From an unattested stem with the suffix + -g.
hang (plural hangok)
|Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)|
|Possessive forms of hang|
|possessor||single possession||multiple possessions|
|1st person sing.||hangom||hangjaim|
|2nd person sing.||hangod||hangjaid|
|3rd person sing.||hangja||hangjai|
|1st person plural||hangunk||hangjaink|
|2nd person plural||hangotok||hangjaitok|
|3rd person plural||hangjuk||hangjaik|
- Nonstandard spelling of hāng.
- Nonstandard spelling of háng.
- Nonstandard spelling of hǎng.
- Nonstandard spelling of hàng.
- English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
- (intransitive) simple past of