\ 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

Examples of noose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the discovery of the first apparent noose, the site's general contractor RC Anderson held a safety meeting and discrimination awareness training for all employees on-site the next day, according to Windsor police. Anna Sturla And Ganesh Setty, CNN, 22 May 2021 However, unlike in Smollett's case, Wallace wasn't the one responsible for reporting the incident and the apparent noose was brought to his attention by his team. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 24 June 2020 More broadly, critics argue that, with Nord Stream 2, the Germans are simply handing Putin a noose for their own necks. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Within a week, five more noose-like hanging ropes were found on the construction site. Susan Dunne,, 17 Dec. 2021 Among those who took the noose were mostly vendors (36%) and tradesmen (37%). Priya Dharshini, Quartz, 28 Nov. 2021 The LA Times also alleges that documents obtained through public records requests showed that officers also sent hateful messages about Black people and instructed each other on how to tie a noose. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 9 Dec. 2021 Jurors viewed the note, which included a drawing of a person hanging by a noose, with a gun pointed at the stick figure. NBC News, 2 Dec. 2021 At 6:30 the next morning, he was found with a bedsheet tied around his neck like a noose. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021

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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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