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 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 The first incident had been reported on April 27 when a hangman’s noose was found hanging from a steel beam on the second floor of the building. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The first incident was reported to police on April 27, after a hangman’s noose was found hanging from a steel beam on the second floor of the building, according toNew Haven ABC affiliate WTNH. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 20 May 2021 Organizers tried getting students who might feel bashful online to at least try a game of hangman or charades. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Every escaped the hangman’s noose, though several of his comrades were captured and executed. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2020 But one at Talladega was made using a hangman’s knot. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 26 June 2020 In America, the hangman's noose has come to symbolize a deplorable act of brutality, along with unbound fear and hatred towards African Americans. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 23 June 2020 The comments appeared with an image of a hangman’s noose, according to the newspaper. Midland Reporter-telegram, Houston Chronicle, 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of hangman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hangman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangman. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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