I saw this entry in Urban Dictionary (I know, not the best place for formal English, but it does do a pretty good job at collecting slang).


short for "hang out"

"I'm just gonna hang at Lolita's place today"

My question is, do people really use "hang" for "hang out"? i.e. do people really say "Let's hang some time". I have never heard of people saying it, and it sounds awful to me. It sounds like you want to hang yourself.

  • If you Google "hang with", you'll find lots of examples. – Nate Eldredge Jun 11 '13 at 20:43
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    Here's a BrE example showing that speakers can and do casually interleave plain hanging with hanging around and hanging about. Which I think is sufficiently obvious that the question is General Reference. – FumbleFingers Jun 11 '13 at 21:34
  • Of course slang varies from place to place. If you have not heard it, maybe it is not current where you are. Or your perhaps you and friends are the wrong age for that slang. – GEdgar Jun 11 '13 at 21:41

Not only do people use hang as a verb, short for "hang out", but it's also fairly common to hear hang as a noun - short for "person to hang out with", or "company":

"Let's do this again sometime soon. You're a good hang."

I can only speak for California in this context, but I can attest to its use in many different socio-economic settings - it's always informal, and only between friends, but it's used by all but the oldest and/or most patrician.

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You ask if people use it and the answer is "yes." I ask my kid, "Where are you going and what's your plan?" And the kid says "We are just going to hang at __."

I have even heard "I'll hang here with you."

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