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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
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Examples from the web for hanger
  • Next, to keep the tubing in place after you've situated it, tie it to a length of coat hanger.
  • It could be a large coat hanger or a small earring hanger.
  • The trick is to have the right kind of hanger and pot.
  • Skirt steak, sometimes called hanger steak or butcher steak, is one of my favorites.
  • Various versions are still in the testing stage, hovering a few feet over the floor of a giant hanger.
  • Grilled hanger steak was juicy and served with an earthy brown sauce and nicely sautéed broccoli rabe.
  • Take the marinated hanger steak and grilled asparagus.
  • The hanger steak is fine and rare, with a dense red-wine sauce.
  • If you're using this as your only main course-instead of serving it with the hanger steak-double the recipe.
  • From the closet he takes an old white shirt, its shoulders tan with coat-hanger rust, with years.
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
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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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