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 There was a hangman’s gallows, and there was a hemp rope tied into a noose that was placed around my neck. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Snakes, sandstorms, and strangulation: The making of 1999's The Mummy," 14 Aug. 2019 Across from the map was a hangman’s noose found in the walls of the old county courthouse. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio residents seek roots at Spanish Archives, glimpse of early Hispanic history," 15 Oct. 2019 Not incidentally, their romantic scenes of misty moons and magic mirrors are riddled with shadows of bullet holes, hangman’s nooses (Christopher Knight / Los Angeles Times) and the crosshairs of rifle scopes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 But the underlying theme is desperation: Roxie and Velma are desperate to avoid the hangman’s noose, of course, but also to leverage their infamy into fame. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Latte Da’s ‘Chicago’: It’s brighter and lighter, with plenty of razzle-dazzle," 22 Sep. 2019 Yet his brand of antiglamour and his hangman’s gaze burned steadily until the end. Dwight Garner, Town & Country, "Are We All Living in the World Roy Cohn Created?," 20 Sep. 2019 There was a hangman’s gallows, and there was a hemp rope tied into a noose that was placed around my neck. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Snakes, sandstorms, and strangulation: The making of 1999's The Mummy," 14 Aug. 2019 There was a hangman’s gallows, and there was a hemp rope tied into a noose that was placed around my neck. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Snakes, sandstorms, and strangulation: The making of 1999's The Mummy," 14 Aug. 2019 There was a hangman’s gallows, and there was a hemp rope tied into a noose that was placed around my neck. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Snakes, sandstorms, and strangulation: The making of 1999's The Mummy," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hangman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hangman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangman. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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