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[hang-er] /ˈhæŋ ər/
a shoulder-shaped frame with a hook at the top, usually of wire, wood, or plastic, for draping and hanging a garment when not in use.
a part of something by which it is hung, as a loop on a garment.
a contrivance on which things are hung, as a hook.
Automotive. a double-hinged device linking the chassis with the leaf springs on vehicles having solid axles.
a light saber of the 17th and 18th centuries, often worn by sailors.
a person who hangs something.
Origin of hanger
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English hangere; see hang, -er1
Can be confused
hangar, hanger. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Many a knight of the hanger was sent to Davy Jones in this summary fashion, unloved in life and cursed in the article of death.

  • He took his coat from the hanger, put it on, and reached for his hat, then hesitated.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • They looked down from the edge of the hanger over a cup-like hollow.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • Behind a calico curtain was his new suit, dismayingly neat on its hanger.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • The first lieutenant being ordered to board the prize, went below to put on his hanger.

  • He drew his hanger; and for that instant his sun was at noon.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for hanger


  1. any support, such as a hook, strap, peg, or loop, on or by which something may be hung
  2. See coat hanger
  1. a person who hangs something
  2. (in combination): paperhanger
a bracket designed to attach one part of a mechanical structure to another, such as the one that attaches the spring shackle of a motor car to the chassis
a wood on a steep hillside, characteristically beech growing on chalk in southern England
  1. a loop or strap on a sword belt from which a short sword or dagger was hung
  2. the weapon itself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hanger

early 15c., "one who hangs (something)," especially "hangman;" agent noun of hang (v.). Meaning "something that is suspended" is late 15c. Meaning "thing from which something is hung" is from 1690s. Specifically of coat or dress hangers from 1873. Hanger-on is from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hanger
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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