• IPA: /ˈhæŋɪŋ/
  1. present participle of hang#English|hang

hanging (not comparable)

  1. Suspended.
    The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.
  2. (chess, of a piece) Unprotected and exposed to capture.
  3. (baseball, slang, of an off-speed pitch) Hittable; poorly executed by the pitcher hence relatively easy to hit.
    hanging breaking ball
    hanging slider
  4. (UK, slang, of a person) ugly; very unattractive
    • 2007, Summer Scars (film screenplay)
      MUGSEY: Yeah. You fancy ‘im don’ you.
      LEANNE: No I don’t. Shut yer mouth.
      MUGSEY: Your mum said he’s gonna end up just like his dad.
      LEANNE: She don’ even know Bingo. Anyway, I don’t fancy ‘im, ‘e’s hanging.
Translations Noun


  1. (uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide).
    Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
  2. (countable) A sometimes public event at which a person is hanged.
    The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
  3. (countable) Anything that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins or posters).
    The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
  4. (uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
    I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: tenture
  • German: Behang
  • Russian: сви́ток
  • German: Hängung
  • Russian: гобеле́н

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