\ 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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Annapolis, Maryland — The U.S. Naval Academy is investigating after what appears to be a noose was found hanging on academy property on the 56th anniversary of the March on Washington. CBS News, "Naval Academy probing apparent noose found in school building," 10 Sep. 2019 Cheron Perkins, a med student who works with the high schoolers in the summer camp thought the noose was sending a message. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "A Reminder of the Power of Art: raceAhead," 17 July 2019 Anyone who has information about the noose may contact Stanford’s Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413. Lauren Hernández,, "Noose found hanging on Stanford University prompts investigation," 16 July 2019 The noose was found near a residence for summer students, the university said in a statement Tuesday. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Noose found hanging from bush at Stanford University," 16 July 2019 In a similar vein, Hong Kongers are fighting like hell to keep the noose relatively loose around their necks. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 Watching her tie a noose around her neck crossed a line. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black," 7 Aug. 2019 In 2014, three students from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house placed a noose around the neck of a statue on campus of Meredith. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Here’s Proof Ole Miss Knew Identities of Two Students Who Posed in Front of Shot-Up Emmett Till Sign, But Did Little," 30 July 2019 In one of the more brutal numbers, inspired by a stanza about the false promises of the Emancipation Proclamation, performers dance with chains and gleefully jump rope with a giant noose. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“The Black Clown” Beautifully Reconfigures a Langston Hughes Poem," 24 July 2019

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 ordinary




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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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