Definition of head-hanging in US English:

head-hanging

noun

  • The action of hanging one's head, especially in shame or despondency; (more generally) the expression of such emotions.

adjective

  • (Of a person) that hangs his or her head, especially in shame or despondency; (more generally) that expresses, or is expressive of, these emotions in any way.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in World (New York).