Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She was thin and quivery, and her tongue was hanging out and her eyes staring.

He was hanging out of the window, in his bedroom, smoking and pondering.

Suspiritos is now in the yard; she is hanging out the clothes.

Along the beach on bamboo racks the nets are hanging out to dry.

Where was he hanging out now, and what was he doing on the 10th?

What in the world is that hanging out of the colonel's upper window?

The tongues of the pursuers were hanging out; the baying of them was horrible.

And the licking his father had given him for not hanging out the flag.

The lily-livered hero was hanging out his true colours at last.

And she swung the crane from which the pot was hanging out from the burning turf.


a fusion of Old English hon "suspend" (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tense heng, past participle hangen), and Old English hangian (weak, intransitive, past tense hangode) "be suspended;" also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja "suspend," and hanga "be suspended." All from Proto-Germanic *khang- (cf. Old Frisian hangia, Dutch hangen, German hängen), from PIE *kank- "to hang" (cf. Gothic hahan, Hittite gang- "to hang," Sanskrit sankate "wavers," Latin cunctari "to delay;" see also second element in Stonehenge). As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion).

Hung emerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, and hanged endured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) and metaphors extended from it (I'll be hanged). Teen slang sense of "spend time" first recorded 1951; hang around "idle, loiter" is from 1830, and hang out (v.) is from 1811. Hang fire (1781) was originally used of guns that were slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge. To let it all hang out "be relaxed and uninhibited" is from 1967.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.