What is the difference between dangle and hang?

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Dangle is a synonym of hang.

As verbs the difference between dangle and hang

is that dangle is to hang loosely with the ability to swing while hang is (intransitive)  to be or remain suspended.

As nouns the difference between dangle and hang

is that dangle is an agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group while hang is the way in which something hangs or hang can be (ireland|informal|derogatory) cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.

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  • to hang loosely with the ability to swing
  • * Hudibras
  • He'd rather on a gibbet dangle / Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
  • * Tennyson
  • From her lifted hand / Dangled a length of ribbon.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string.
  • To hang or trail something loosely.
  • To trail or follow around.
  • * 1833 , Miller's Modern Acting Drama
  • To dangle at the elbow of a wench who can't make up her mind to accept the common title of wife, till she has been courted a certain number of weeks — so the old blinker, her father, says.


    (wikipedia dangle) (en noun)
  • An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
  • (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
  • That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
  • A dangling ornament or decoration.
  • * 1941 , Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford
  • So her father wrote to Mrs. Herring, and one day she arrived and turned out to be a little, lean old lady with a dark brown mole on one leathery cheek and wearing a black bonnet decorated with jet dangles , like tiny fishing rods.


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    (wikipedia hang)

    Etymology 1

    A fusion of (etyl) .


  • (lb) To be or remain suspended.
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  • *:On the dark-green walls hung a series of eight engravings, portraits of early Victorian belles, clad in lace and tarletan ball dresses, clipped from an old Book of Beauty. Mrs. Bunting was very fond of these pictures; she thought they gave the drawing-room a note of elegance and refinement.
  • (lb) To float, as if suspended.
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  • (lb) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect.
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  • (lb) To cause (something) to be suspended, as from a hook, hanger or the like.
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  • ::It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
  • To execute (someone) by suspension from the neck.
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  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=3 citation , passage=‘[…] There's every Staffordshire crime-piece ever made in this cabinet, and that's unique. The Van Hoyer Museum in New York hasn't that very rare second version of Maria Marten's Red Barn over there, nor the little Frederick George Manning—he was the criminal Dickens saw hanged on the roof of the gaol in Horsemonger Lane, by the way—’}}
  • To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose.
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  • To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
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  • (lb) To exhibit (an object) by hanging.
  • (lb) To apply (wallpaper or drywall to a wall).
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  • (lb) To decorate (something) with hanging objects.
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  • To remain persistently in one's thoughts.
  • *1895 , H. G. Wells, The Time Machine , Ch.X:
  • *:Exploring, I found another short gallery running transversely to the first. This appeared to be devoted to minerals, and the sight of a block of sulphur set my mind running on gunpowder. But I could find no saltpeter; indeed no nitrates of any kind. Doubtless they had deliquesced ages ago. Yet the sulphur hung in my mind and set up a train of thinking.
  • To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard or mouse.
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  • To cause (a program or computer) to stop responding.
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  • To cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture.
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  • To be vulnerable to capture.
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  • Synonyms
    * (be or remain suspended) be suspended, dangle * (float as if suspended) float, hover * lynch, string up * (be executed) go to the gallows, swing (informal) * (loiter) hang about, hang around, loiter * freeze, lock up * suspend * (hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect) drop, lower * (to place on a hook) hook, hook up * (exhibit) exhibit, show * put up * bedeck, deck, decorate * freeze, lock up * *
    Usage notes
    * Formerly, at least through the 16th century, the past tense of the transitive use of (term) was (hanged) (see quote from King James Bible, above). This form is retained for the legal senses "to be executed by suspension from the neck" and "to execute by suspension from the neck" and (hung) for all other meanings. However, this rule is not uniformly understood or observed. (term) is sometimes substituted for (term), which would be considered inappropriate in legal or other formal writing (for the applicable senses only) or, more rarely, vice versa . See also – in Old English there were separate words for transitive (whence (term)) and intransitive (whence (term)).
    Derived terms
    * behang * hang a left * hang a right * hang about * hang around * hang back * hangdog * * hanger * hang fire * hang-glider * hang in * hang in the balance * hang in there * hanging * hang it * hangman * hangnail * hang off * hang on * hang onto * hang out * hang out to dry * hang-out, hangout * hangover * hang ten * hang together * hang tough * hang up * hang-up, hangup * I'll be hanged * leave hanging * overhang * underhang


    (en noun)
  • The way in which something hangs.
  • ''This skirt has a nice hang .
  • (figuratively) A grip, understanding
  • ''He got the hang of it after only two demonstrations
  • (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices.
  • ''We sometimes get system hangs .
  • A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
  • Derived terms
    * get the hang of

    Etymology 2

    From hang sangwich, Irish colloquial pronunciation of (term) sandwich.


  • (Ireland, informal, derogatory) Cheap, processed ham (cured pork), often made specially for sandwiches.
  • Etymology 3