\ 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 Real life Maladie is trotted out to her noose to boos and taunts. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, "The Nevers Recap: Penny and the B-Sides," 9 May 2021 On Tuesday, after hours of heated public comment, Placerville’s City Council voted unanimously to remove the noose from the city’s logo. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Placerville nixes noose from city logo," 15 Apr. 2021 The issue was first raised last summer when council members discussed removing the noose. al, "California city nicknamed ‘Old Hangtown’ removes noose from logo," 14 Apr. 2021 The Placerville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday remove the noose from the official logo of the city that has been nicknamed Old Hangtown since the Gold Rush days. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Placerville's city logo has long featured a noose. Not for much longer," 14 Apr. 2021 The report also described some examples of former city logos that did not bear the noose, including one used by the Placerville Police Department. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "California city debates removing noose from logo," 13 Apr. 2021 More signs this week, talking about prosecutors, that the noose is tightening, at least around the associates of President Trump here in Manhattan. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 4-11-21: Sec. Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Roger Wicker," 11 Apr. 2021 University of San Francisco officials are investigating after a noose was found hanging off the balcony of a student dormitory last month. Michael Williams, San Francisco Chronicle, "USF students demand answers, reforms after noose found hanging off dorm balcony," 7 Apr. 2021 The green belt holds the town like a noose, slowly tightening. The Economist, "Welwyn Garden City The fight to preserve a pioneering planned town," 17 Apr. 2021 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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The first known use of noose was in the 15th century

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13 May 2021

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“Noose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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