See also: Hanger, hangër, and hänger

English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English hanger, haunger, hangere, equivalent to hang +‎ -er. Compare West Frisian hinger (hanger), Dutch hanger (hanger), German Hänger and Henker.

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hanger (plural hangers)

  1. One who hangs, or causes to be hanged; a hangman, paper hanger, etc.
  2. A person who attempts suicide by hanging.
    • 2017, Ronald V. Clarke, Suicide: Closing the Exits:
      With the jumpers and the drowners, McGee, you don't pick up a pattern. That's because a jumper damned near always makes it the first time, and a drowner is usually almost as successful, about the same rate as hangers.
  3. That by which a thing is suspended.
    1. A strap hung to the girdle, by which a dagger or sword is suspended.
    2. A bridle iron.
    3. A clothes hanger.
  4. (now historical) A short and broad backsword, worn so to hang at the side, especially popular in the 18th century.
    • 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to IV), London: Harrison and Co., [], →OCLC:
      [H]is shoulder was graced with a broad buff belt, from whence depended a huge hanger with a hilt like that of a backsword [] .
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, chapter 4, in The Interesting Narrative, volume I:
      I made an offer to go for my books and chest of clothes, but he swore I should not move out of his sight; and if I did he would cut my throat, at the same time taking his hanger.
    • 1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, Rip Van Winkle:
      He was a stout old gentleman, with a weather-beaten countenance; he wore a laced doublet, broad belt and hanger, high-crowned hat and feather, red stockings, and high-heeled shoes, with roses in them.
    • 2012, Jerry White, London in the Eighteenth Century, Bodley Head, published 2017, page 440:
      When he called ‘Watch!’ they cut him on the head with a hanger or short cutlass and fired a pistol so close to his face he was thought to be powder-burned for life.
  5. (UK) A steep, wooded slope.
  6. (baseball, slang) A hanging pitch; a pitch (typically a breaking ball or slider) that is poorly executed, hence easy to hit.
  7. (Australian rules football, informal) Synonym of spectacular mark
  8. (climbing) A device secured by a bolt and used to attach a carabiner.
    • 2012, Christine Dugan, Defying Gravity! Rock Climbing, page 37:
      Climbers use anchors or bolts that are already placed in the rock. They clip onto them with metal hangers. Climbers don't need to place the anchors themselves, so they can focus on making the difficult climbing moves.
    • 2021, John Long, Bob Gaines, Rock Climbing: The Art of Safe Ascent, page 118:
      In marine areas (sea cliffs), even stainless steel bolts and hangers corrode rapidly.
Usage notes edit

Not to be confused with hangar (a garage-like building for airplanes).

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Etymology 2 edit

Blend of hunger +‎ anger.

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hanger (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Hunger and anger, especially when the anger is induced by the hunger.
    • 2015, Amanda Salis, “The science behind being "Hangry"”, in CNN "The conversation"[1]:
      The physiology of hanger. The carbohydrates, proteins and fats in everything you eat are digested into simple sugars (such as glucose), amino acids and free fatty acids. These nutrients pass into your bloodstream from where they are distributed to your organs and tissues and used for energy []
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Cebuano edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English hanger, from Middle English hanger, haunger, hangere, equivalent to hang +‎ -er.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: ha‧nger

Noun edit

hanger

  1. hanger; coat hanger; clothes hanger

Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From hangen +‎ -er.

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hanger m (plural hangers, diminutive hangertje n)

  1. hanger
  2. jewel that hangs

Descendants edit

  • Indonesian: hanger

Indonesian edit

Etymology edit

From Dutch hanger.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [ˈhaŋər]
  • Hyphenation: hang‧êr

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hangêr (first-person possessive hangerku, second-person possessive hangermu, third-person possessive hangernya)

  1. (colloquial) clothes hanger.

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Middle English edit

Noun edit

hanger

  1. Alternative form of anger

Romanian edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish خنجر (hancer), from Persian خنجر (xanjar).

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hanger n (plural hangere)

  1. dagger

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Tagalog edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English hanger.

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hanger (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜅᜒᜇ᜔)

  1. hanger; coat hanger; clothes hanger
    Synonym: pansampay

Further reading edit

  • hanger”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018