hangman

noun
hang·​man | \ ˈhaŋ-mən How to pronounce hangman (audio) \

Definition of hangman

1 : one who hangs a condemned person also : a public executioner
2 : a game in which the object is for one player to guess the letters of an unknown word before the player who knows the word creates a stick figure of a hanged man by drawing one line for each incorrect guess

Examples of hangman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His purpose at the hangman’s pub is ultimately revealed, but the real thrill is watching Allen play off of other characters, particularly Gaby French’s Shirley, Harry Wade’s teenage daughter. Christopher Barnard, Vogue, 9 June 2022 But before the sentence could be carried out, Muharrami was suddenly spared the hangman’s rope. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 In the United States, the hangman's noose has come to symbolize brutality and the country's history of lynchings and hatred toward Black people. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 But do not pity the poor hangman with no one to kill; his self-pity is more than sufficient. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Harry is England's second-best hangman, and he's faced with a crisis as Britain abolishes hanging as a form of execution. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2022 The hangman's gallows sitting out there on our National Mall. CNN, 27 July 2021 The new Israeli prime minister this morning, Naftali Bennett, called him the hangman of Tehran, called his election a wake-up call for the West. ABC News, 20 June 2021 In America, the hangman's noose has come to symbolize a deplorable act of brutality, along with unbound... Kate Gibson, CBS News, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hangman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hangman

hangman's halter

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16 Jun 2022

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“Hangman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangman. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for hangman

hangman

noun
hang·​man | \ ˈhaŋ-mən How to pronounce hangman (audio) \
plural hangmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of hangman

: a person who hangs criminals

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