hanger (plural hangers)
- One who hangs, or causes to be hanged; a hangman.
- That by which a thing is suspended. Especially:
- A strap hung to the girdle, by which a dagger or sword is suspended.
- A bridle iron.
- A clothes hanger.
- That which hangs or is suspended, as a sword worn at the side; especially, in the 18th century, a short, curved sword.
1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, Rip Van Winkle:
- He was a stout old gentleman, with a weather-beaten countenance; he wore a laced doublet, broad belt and hanger, high-crowned hat and feather, red stockings, and high-heeled shoes, with roses in them.
- (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).
that by which a thing is suspended
strap hung to the girdle, by which a dagger or sword is suspended
that which hangs or is suspended
short, curved sword
- Bulgarian: кортик m (kortik)
- Finnish: hukari