hangman

noun hang·man \ ˈhaŋ-mən \

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

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First Known Use of hangman

14th century


HANGMAN Defined for Kids

hangman

noun hang·man \ ˈhaŋ-mən \

Definition of hangman for Students

plural hangmen \-mən\
:a person who hangs criminals

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