hanger-on definition

  • noun:
    • A sycophant; a parasite.
    • one that hangs on, or sticks to, you, location, or service; a dependent; person who adheres to others’ community longer than he's wanted. - Oliver Goldsmith
    • one that hangs on, or sticks to, a person, location, or service; a dependent; one that adheres to other individuals' society longer than he is desired.
    • one that hangs upon an individual, company, etc.; person who clings on society of other individuals more than he is wanted; a dependent; a parasite.
    • In coal-mining, the person who runs the automobiles or trams on to the cages and provides the sign to hoist.
    • somebody who persistently (and annoyingly) uses along

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