\ 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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To make sure no one was actually hanged, the noose was cut behind the neck and held together with magnets that would separate in case a rigger slipped or the forklift moved too quickly. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How They Pulled Off That Forklift Scene in 'Child's Play'," 24 June 2019 The model also claims that staff were joking about the sweatshirt in the dressing room before the show, hanging a noose from the ceiling. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry and Riccardo Tisci Apologize After Sending a Noose Hoodie Down the Runway," 22 Feb. 2019 Smollett claimed two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs, placed a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. NBC News, "Lee Daniels says he is 'beyond embarrassed' by his initial support of Jussie Smollett," 12 June 2019 To the very end, even with a noose around his neck, Francesco believed that his American neighbors only meant to frighten him, to teach his family a lesson. Frank Viviano, The New York Review of Books, "Atrocities America Forgot," 6 June 2019 Apple has largely escaped the same tightening of the noose. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Why does Washington suddenly seem ready to regulate Big Tech? Look at the polls.," 5 June 2019 They were made of electric cable that had been spun into makeshift nooses, with the rubber insulation burned off. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 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

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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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.


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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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