Synonyms of hang in English:



  • 1 lanterns hung from the ridgepole of the tent
    be suspended, hang down, be pendent, dangle, swing, sway
    archaic depend
    lanterns hung from the ridgepole of the tent
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 2 it's best to hang your pictures at eye level
    put up, fix, attach, affix, fasten, post, display, suspend, stick up, pin up, tack up, nail up, put on a hook
    it's best to hang your pictures at eye level
    [Antonyms] take down
  • 3 size the wall before you hang the wallpaper
    paste up, glue on, stick up, fasten on, fix on, attach
    size the wall before you hang the wallpaper
    [Antonyms] peel off
  • 5 they hanged the prisoners at a triple gallows
    execute by hanging, hang by the neck, send to the gallows, send to the gibbet, send to the scaffold, gibbet, put to death; lynch
    informal string up


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hang about/around/round

  • 2 hang about, see what it says here?
    wait, hold on, wait a minute
    informal hang on, hold your horses

hang back

she hung back, scared to face the old woman stay backhold backstay in the backgroundshrink backshy awaybe reluctant to come forwardhesitatedemurrecoilturn away

hang fire

we should hang fire for things to cool off delayhang backhold backhold onstallstoppauseceasehaltdiscontinueprocrastinatevacillateadopt Fabian tactics informalhang abouthang aroundsit tighthold one's horses

hang on

  • 1 he hung on to the back of her coat
    hold on to, hold fast to, grip, clutch, grasp, hold tightly, cling to, cling on to
    literary cleave to
    he hung on to the back of her coat
    [Antonyms] let go of
  • 2 the whole credibility of electoral reform hangs on this decision
    depend on, be dependent on, turn on, hinge on, rest on, be based on, be conditional on, be contingent upon, be determined by, be decided by, be conditioned by, revolve around
  • 3 she hung on his every word
    listen closely to, attend closely to, pay close attention to, be very attentive to, concentrate hard on, pay heed to, lend an ear to, give ear to, be rapt by
    informal be all ears for
    archaic hearken to
    she hung on his every word
    [Antonyms] pay no attention to

hang out

informal he spent a lot of time hanging out with other musicians associatemixgo aroundkeep companyspend timeminglesocializefraternizeconsortrub shouldersNorth Americanrub elbows informalhang aroundrun aroundknock about/aroundbe thickhobnobBritish informalhang about

hang something out

you can hang out the washing in the laundry room peg outpeg upstick uppin updrapefixfasten

hang over

  • 1 two girls hung over the rail of the ferry
    lean over, bend over, bend downwards, bend forwards, lean forwards, droop forwards, bow over
  • 2 the threat of budget cuts is hanging over us
    be imminent, threaten, approach, be close, be impending, impend, loom, draw near, be in prospect, be on the horizon, be just around the corner


get the hang of

informal I never got the hang of roller skating get the knack ofmasterlearnacquire the technique ofacquire the skill oflearn the art ofbecome proficient inbecome expert inmanagecatch on topick upunderstandgraspcomprehend

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