I. verb (hung; also hanged; hanging) Etymology: partly from Middle English hon, from Old English hōn, verbt.; partly from Middle English hangen, from Old English hangian, verbi. & verbt.; both akin to Old High German hāhan, verbt., to hang, hangēn, verbi. — more at cunctation Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to fasten to some elevated point without support from below ; suspend b. to suspend by the neck until dead — often hanged in the past; often used as a mild oath <
I'll be hanged
c. to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension <
hang a door
d. to adjust the hem of (a skirt) so as to hang evenly and at a proper height 2. to furnish with hanging decorations (as flags or bunting) 3. to hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner <
hung his head in shame
4. to apply to a wall <
hang wallpaper
5. to display (pictures) in a gallery 6. to throw (as a curveball) so that it fails to break properly 7. to make (a turn) especially while driving <
hang a right
hung a quick U-turn — Tom Clancy
8. base, found <
something to hang our hopes on
intransitive verb 1. a. to remain suspended or fastened to some point above without support from below ; dangle b. to die by hanging — often hanged in the past <
he hanged for his crimes
c. to be connected as something relevant or related <
thereby hangs a tale — Shakespeare
2. to remain poised or stationary in the air <
clouds hanging low overhead
3. linger, persist 4. to be imminent ; impend <
doom hung over the nation
5. to fall or droop from a usually tense or taut position 6. depend <
election hangs on one vote
7. a. (1) to take hold for support ; cling <
she hung on his arm
(2) to keep persistent contact <
dogs hung to the trail
(3) to maintain or continue holding a position <
hang behind
(4) to stay even ; keep up — usually used with with <
trying to hang with the leader
b. to be burdensome or oppressive <
time hangs on his hands
8. to be uncertain or in suspense <
the decision is still hanging
9. to lean, incline, or jut over or downward 10. to be in a state of rapt attention <
hung on her every word
11. to fit or fall from the figure in easy lines <
the coat hangs loosely
12. to pass time idly or in relaxing or socializing <
hanging at the beach
— often used with around or out <
hung out with friends
13. of a thrown ball to fail to break or drop as intended • hangable adjective Usage: For both transitive and intransitive senses 1b the past and past participle hung, as well as hanged, is standard. Hanged is most appropriate for official executions <
he was to be hanged, cut down whilst still alive…and his bowels torn out — Louis Allen
but hung is also used <
gave orders that she should be hung — Peter Quennell
. Hung is more appropriate for less formal hangings <
by morning I'll be hung in effigy — Ronald Reagan
. II. noun Date: circa 1797 1. the manner in which a thing hangs 2. declivity, slope; also droop 3. facility with or an understanding of something <
can't get the hang of this
4. a hesitation or slackening in motion or in a course

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