Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ONHANGER, n. A dependent, hanger-on (Uls. 1964). Sc. 1821  Scott Kenilworth iii.:
He was an onhanger of the Abbot of Abingdon.
Sc. 1848  Blackwood's Mag. (July) 52:
A throng of unruly onhangers.
Sc. 1886  J. S. Blackie What Does History Teach? 14:
A loose company of dependents and onhangers.

[Cf. Eng. hangers-on, id., and On-, pref.1]

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