Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sycophant; a parasite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who hangs on, or sticks to, a person, place, or service; a dependent; one who adheres to others’ society longer than he is wanted. - Oliver Goldsmith

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who hangs on, or sticks to, a person, place, or service; a dependent; one who adheres to others' society longer than he is wanted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who hangs upon a person, company, etc.; one who clings to the society of others longer than he is wanted; a dependent; a parasite.
  • n. In coal-mining, the man who runs the cars or trams on to the cages and gives the signal to hoist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who persistently (and annoyingly) follows along

Etymologies

Compare German Anhänger ("follower"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Co-founder Eduardo Saverin's girlfriend is a psychotic and needy hanger-on.

    Jessica Massa: The Social Network: Where Are All the Girls?

  • The unyielding scenario here proposed a story of roommates living the high life, which ended in sexual games involving the American woman and her Italian lover, who had joined forces with another man, a local hanger-on.

    A Prosecution in Perugia

  • Neither had the one hanger-on ever heard of Pat Glendon.

    Chapter II

  • "I think who I really am, and what I really do, is becoming more obvious to people and nobody could say I'm just a little hanger-on of the Rolling Stones."

    Marianne Faithfull on Her Colorful Life

  • Because it was effectively invisible, a variant, a hanger-on, a wannabe.

    Vorticism: the biz of the buzz – review

  • A medical hanger-on, Dr. Max Jacobson "Dr. Feelgood" to his celebrity patients, administered injections that contained hormones, steroids, vitamins, enzymes, animal cells and amphetamines.

    When Kennedy Blinked

  • The whole gang of hanger-on chiefs is perpetually loaded to the guards.

    THE FEATHERS OF THE SUN

  • A nuchshlepper is someone who tags along behind you—a toady, a hanger-on.

    Sharing the Chutzpah

  • Google, Motorola and Verizon take to the stage Wednesday, June 23rd, to announce the "Next generation of Droid" smartphones with hanger-on Adobe in tow.

    Noah Kravitz: Adobe: A Pawn in the Apple/Google War?

  • Beaumarchais was a famous figure in Paris, a bon vivant, a hanger-on at the royal court, and a playwright, author of the recent hit The Barber of Seville—the one thing he was not was a merchant.

    Robert Morris

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