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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More than a hundred thousand people have also disappeared in the government's detention network, with many believed to have died through neglect or the hangman's noose. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Kids can doodle, scribble, draw, and play tic-tac-toe, hangman, or any number of drawing games with these tablets. Sunset, "10 Car Games for Kids That Don’t Involve Screens," 22 Jan. 2018 Just before her purge, Lively had posted a series of pictures of a game of hangman. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Is Back on Instagram After Purging Her Account," 2 May 2018 The mob took him from the jail at 1:15 a.m. and led about a mile outside of Burlington to the hangman's tree. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Confederate anger, geography led to 8 lynchings in Boone County in 1870s and 1880s," 30 Apr. 2018 Zimbabwe’s last execution was in 2005, partly because no one was willing to be the hangman. Farai Mutsaka, BostonGlobe.com, "Zimbabwe’s president releases thousands from prison," 22 Mar. 2018 Zimbabwe's last execution was in 2005, partly because no one was willing to be the hangman. Farai Mutsaka, Fox News, "Zimbabwe's president releases thousands from prison," 21 Mar. 2018 Dan Horn/The Enquirer Cincinnati’s first hangman went to work on a patch of land that’s known today as Government Square. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Yes, we used to hang people on Fifth Street: A brief history of Cincinnati executions," 15 Feb. 2018 Albert Pierrepoint, the official hangman, could not have executed a more swift and sudden drop. Andrew Morton, Town & Country, "Wallis Simpson and the Aftermath of the Abdication," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hangman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hang·man | \ ˈhaŋ-mən \
plural hangmen\-mən \

Kids Definition of hangman

: a person who hangs criminals

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