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: a loop with a slipknot that binds closer the more it is drawn
: something that snares like a noose


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noosed; noosing

transitive verb

: to secure by a noose
: to make a noose in or of

Examples of noose in a Sentence

Noun the representative was forced to resign after getting caught in a noose of lies and corruption
Recent Examples on the Web
The lawsuit also mentions an incident that took place in 1993 where a noose was left on a Black employee's desk. Jonathan Franklin, NPR, 7 June 2024 During their visit to the high-security unit, the inspectors later wrote in their report, they’d been concerned to see a noose in one of the cells. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024
Last week, a cartoon was circulated on Instagram by pro-Palestinian student groups, showing a hand marked with a star of David and a dollar sign holding nooses around the necks of a Black man and an Arab. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2024 The drawing shows a white hand, marked with a dollar sign inside a Star of David, tightening nooses around the necks of a Black man and an Arab man. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for noose 

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Word History



Middle English nose, of uncertain origin

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of noose was in the 15th century

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“Noose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a loop that passes through a knot at the end of a line so that it gets smaller when the other end of the line is pulled

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