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From Middle English *behangen, behongen, bihangien, bihengen, from Old English behōn (to hang round), equivalent to be- +‎ hang. Cognate with Dutch behangen (to decorate), German behängen (to hang, drape, decorate).


behang (third-person singular simple present behangs, present participle behanging, simple past and past participle behung)

  1. (transitive) To hang round or about, as ornament or embellishment; suspend; drape.
    • 1824, Richard Johnson, The renowned history of the seven champions of Christendom:
      Now seven times had frosty-bearded Winter covered both herbs and flowers with snow, and behung the trees with crystal icicles, since the unfortunate St. George beheld the cheerful light of heaven, but lived obscure in a dismal dungeon, []
    • 1890, Robert Herrick, William Carew Hazlitt, Hesperides:
      And with rich clusters (hid among / The leaves) her temples I behung: []
    • 1874, Plutarch, John Dryden, Arthur Hugh Clough, Plutarch's lives:
      Moreover, when they have introduced the bride, they spread a fleece under her; and she, having brought in with her a distaff and a spindle, all behangs her husband's door with woollen yarn?

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  • IPA(key): /bəˈɦɑŋ/
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  • Hyphenation: be‧hang
  • Rhymes: -ɑŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

From behangen.


behang n (uncountable, diminutive behangetje n)

  1. wallpaper
    Synonyms: behangpapier, behangselpapier

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of behangen
  2. imperative of behangen