Definition of hanger-on in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌhaNGər ˈˌän/

noun (plural hangers-on)

A person who associates with another person or a group in a sycophantic manner or for the purpose of gaining some personal advantage: he was a hanger-on who used to come around and drink with Father
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  • We aren't paid the vast sums of money, we aren't as high profile, we don't have as much media intrusion or the sort of hangers-on that can be associated with Premiership stars.
  • But he also set an undisputed world record, for the number of aides, acolytes, spongers and hangers-on that he assembled in one place at the same time.
  • Chris and Emma got married among friends, family and associated hangers-on on Saturday night.
follower, flunky, toady, camp follower, sycophant, parasite, leech, bottom feeder;
henchman, minion, lackey, vassal;
informal groupie, sponger, freeloader, passenger, sidekick

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Syllabification: hang·er-on

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