“hangout” antedate? 
Posted: 02 November 2016 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]
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MW has “hangout” as a noun dated to c. 1893, whatever that means.  In any case, this is from a reminiscence by an old-time ballplayer:

“I was Jack’s [Jack Lynch] first catcher.  We had our ‘hang-out,’ as the boys would call it, in a coal yard on Mott street...” The Sporting Life December 29, 1886.

Posted: 03 November 2016 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The 1893 citation would appear to be from Farmer and Henley’s Slang and Its Analogues. There’s no citation, just the definition:

Hang out, a residence; a lodging; and (American university) a feast; an entertainment.

Farmer and Henley have an earlier citation of the noun in a different sense:

1852 C. A. Bristed Five Years Eng. University (ed. 2) (Farmer), The fourth of July I celebrated by a hang-out.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang has the following definitions:

1. [mid-19C] (US campus) a party, a celebration.

2. [mid-19C+] a lodging, a place of residence.

3. [late 19C+] a place where a group tends to meet.

Unfortunately, the free version doesn’t give access to the citations. Texas A&M doesn’t subscribe and the University of Toronto has finally cut off my library access, so I can’t see what citations, if any, Green’s has.

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