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  • IPA(key): /ˈhæŋ.ɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -æŋɪŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. present participle and gerund of 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, originally Manchester) Ugly; very unattractive; disgusting.
    • 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.
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Terms derived from hanging (adjective)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English hangynge, honginge, equivalent to hang +‎ -ing. Compare Old English hengen (hanging) and hōhing (hanging).


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hanging (countable and uncountable, plural hangings)

  1. (countable, uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to kill that person (or to commit suicide).
    Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
    The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
    • 1728, Thomas Otway, “The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Soldier's Fortune”, in The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway[1], volume 2, London, page 37:
      No, Sir, 'tis fear of Hanging. Who would not ſteal, or do Murder, every time his Fingers itch'd at it, were it not for fear of the Gallows?
    • 2022 March 10, Peter Lucas, “Lucas: Putin has blood on his hands and The Hague must make him pay”, in Boston Herald[2], archived from the original on 6 August 2022:
      It was just too bad that Milosevic died of "natural" causes in his cell in 2006 before he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, although a hanging would have been preferable.
  2. (countable) Anything that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins, or posters).
    The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
  3. (uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
    I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.
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