\ 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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Examples of noose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is the second time a noose has been reported at OHSU in the past three years. oregonlive, "Employees find noose hanging at OHSU — the second in three years," 11 Nov. 2019 The Good Liar is clearly going for something along the lines of Hitchcock, Highsmith or le Carré, but never delivers the shivers of ambiguity and tightening noose of suspense one associates with those names. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Good Liar': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Two employees who were offended by what appeared to be a noose hanging in the shop told their immediate supervisor, who is black, records show. Silvia Foster-frau,, "San Antonio River Authority executive ousted for not reporting racial incident," 28 Oct. 2019 Some who criticized the display have said that the rope looked like a noose. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan auto shop's display of Trump with Obama's head on rope draws outrage," 28 Oct. 2019 In 2016, someone drew three large swastikas at three campus buildings the same year a university employee was fired for tossing a noose down on a table in front of a black employee. Dawn Rhodes,, "Swastika found at University of Illinois building as officials combat anti-Semitic incidents at Urbana campus," 10 Oct. 2019 Not incidentally, their romantic scenes of misty moons and magic mirrors are riddled with shadows of bullet holes, hangman’s nooses(Christopher Knight / Los Angeles Times) and the crosshairs of rifle scopes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 Less than a year after the museum’s opening, someone placed a noose — a notorious symbol of violent white supremacy meant to intimidate and terrorize — inside an exhibition. Lonnie Bunch, Twin Cities, "Lonnie Bunch: 400 years later, America still has so much to learn about its racial history," 4 Oct. 2019 Schools have regularly been the targets of nooses, swastikas and other hateful symbols. Washington Post, "Naval Academy opens investigation into reports of a noose," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In his retelling of the epic battle with the two racist monsters, the doused and noosed Smollett managed to beat them back, hold on to his cellphone and sandwich, and make his wounded way home, with the rope still around his neck. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?," 8 Oct. 2019 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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23 Nov 2019

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“Noose.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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