\ ˈnüs How to pronounce noose (audio) , British also ˈnüz\

Definition of noose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noosed; noosing

Definition of noose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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At the beginning of the film, Jackson and his driver pass a rainbow billboard that's covered in nooses—a not-so-subtle reference to Jackson's death by suicide. 10. Interscope Records. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 A Star Is Born Easter Eggs That You May Have Missed," 8 Oct. 2018 Speleers makes his debut in the first few minutes of the season's premiere, as a captive criminal awaiting the noose. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Ed Speleers Breaks Down Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 4 Nov. 2018 Another alert, published in September 2018, raised alarm about the state of health care in detention after the OIG found nooses made from bed sheets in detainees’ cells. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "What Really Happens Inside American Immigration Facilities and Detention Centers," 14 Jan. 2019 In June, Fiat Chrysler fired a worker who hung a noose inside a Toledo Jeep plant. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla has a problem with racism in its factory—so do many of its rivals," 30 Nov. 2018 As the noose tightens, there is plenty of speculation—will the moving finger of fate point to Don Jr and Jared next, with the holiday gift of indictments awaiting them both? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Reading Between the Lines of the Mueller Investigation Filings," 9 Dec. 2018 Blackbeard’s quartermaster, William Howard, who took a pardon and escaped the noose, had enough capital to later buy all of Ocracoke Island. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 But as Khan prepared to give his address, a man named Davey Russell and about a half-dozen others towed a wooden frame with a noose onto a street outside the auditorium. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "These Trump supporters built a gallows and tried to arrest London’s mayor. People laughed at them.," 13 Jan. 2018 Dumpson, the first black woman to hold the student government presidency at American University (AU), spent her first day on the job dealing with nooses and bananas hung up around campus, as The Washington Post reported. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate Gave Hate Crime Survivors Like Taylor Dumpson the Chance to Tell Their Own Stories," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Detectives found no sign of trauma or a struggle, no blood or bruising that could not be explained by a woman who noosed herself, gagged herself, bound her own hands and feet and jumped off a balcony. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A woman’s hanging at a mansion was a suicide, police decided. A civil jury says they’re wrong.," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of noose


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noose


Middle English nose, of uncertain origin

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no other


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English Language Learners Definition of noose

: a large loop at the end of a rope that gets smaller when you pull the rope and that is used to hang people, to capture animals, etc.


\ ˈnüs How to pronounce noose (audio) \

Kids Definition of noose

: 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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