Handy-dandy to Happily
(Hand"y-dan`dy) n. A child's play, one child guessing in which closed hand the other holds
some small object, winning the object if right and forfeiting an equivalent if wrong; hence, forfeit. Piers
(Hand"y*fight`) n. A fight with the hands; boxing. "Pollux loves handyfights." B. Jonson.
(Hand"y*gripe`) n. Seizure by, or grasp of, the hand; also, close quarters in fighting. Hudibras.
(Hand"y*stroke`) n. A blow with the hand.
(Hand"y*work`) n. See Handiwork.
(Hang) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hanged (hangd) or Hung (hung); p. pr. & vb. n. Hanging. The use
of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension,
and it is also more common.] [OE. hangen, hongien, v. t. & i., AS. hangian, v. i., fr. hon, v. t. (imp.
heng, p. p. hongen); akin to OS. hangon, v. i., D. hangen, v. t. & i., G. hangen, v. i., hängen, v. t.,
Icel. hanga, v. i., Goth. hahan, v. t. hahan, v. i. and perh. to L. cunctari to delay. &radic37. ]
1. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; often used with up or
out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a banner.
2. To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; said
of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc.
3. To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its
snath, or an ax to its helve. [U. S.]
4. To put to death by suspending by the neck; a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.
5. To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures, trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with
paper hangings; said of a wall, a room, etc.
Hung be the heavens with black.Shak.
And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.Dryden.
6. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
7. To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung
his head in shame.
Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head.Milton. To hang down, to let fall below the proper position; to bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head,
or, elliptically, to hang the head. To hang fire (Mil.), to be slow in communicating fire through the
vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.
(Hang), v. i.
1. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to
rest; to remain; to stay.
2. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
3. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck. [R.] "Sir Balaam hangs." Pope.