hanger (plural hangers)
- One who hangs, or causes to be hanged; a hangman.
- That by which a thing is suspended. Especially:
- That which hangs or is suspended, as a sword worn at the side; especially, in the 18th century, a short, curved sword.
- (Britain) A steep, wooded slope.
1789, Gilbert White, The Natural History of Selborne, Page 187:
- About the tenth of July in the same Summer a pair of sparrow-hawks bred in an old crow's nest on a low beech in the same hanger; and as their brood, which was numerous, began to grow up, became so daring and ravenous, that they were a terror to all the dames in the village that had chickens or ducklings under their care.
- (baseball, slang) A hanging pitch; a pitch (typically a breaking ball or slider) that is poorly executed hence easy to hit.
Not to be confused with hangar (a garage-like building for airplanes).
hangman — see hangman
that by which a thing is suspended
strap hung to the girdle, by which a dagger or sword is suspended
bridle iron — see bridle iron
that which hangs or is suspended
baseball: hanging pitch
- (slang) Hunger and anger, especially when the anger is induced by the hunger.
2015, Amanda Salis, “The science behind being "Hangry"”, in CNN "The conversation":
- The physiology of hanger. The carbohydrates, proteins and fats in everything you eat are digested into simple sugars (such as glucose), amino acids and free fatty acids. These nutrients pass into your bloodstream from where they are distributed to your organs and tissues and used for energy....
- Hyphenation: ha‧nger
- Hyphenation: han‧ger