Definition of Hangman

1. Noun. An executioner who hangs the condemned person.

Generic synonyms: Executioner, Public Executioner

Definition of Hangman

1. n. One who hangs another; esp., one who makes a business of hanging; a public executioner; -- sometimes used as a term of reproach, without reference to office.

Definition of Hangman

1. Noun. An executioner responsible for hanging criminals. ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable games) A guessing game where one has to guess the word an opponent is thinking of by guessing one letter at a time, and involving the gradual drawing of a stick figure hanging from the gallows. ¹

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Definition of Hangman

1. an executioner [n HANGMEN] - See also: executioner

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hangman

hanging geranium
hanging loop
hanging offence
hanging offense
hanging out
hanging out to dry
hanging paragraph
hanging participle
hanging participles
hanging septum
hanging tree
hanging up
hanging wall
hangman (current term)
hangman's fracture
hangman's halter
hangman's noose
hangman's nooses
hangman's rope

Literary usage of Hangman

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1. A Glossary to the Works of William Shakespeare by Alexander Dyce (1902)
"(In Johnson's Diet, sub "hangman" the present passage is cited to exemplify ... 60: "and I too noble hangman am I trow, A hangman ought with halter stop thy ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1886)
"'The Confession of Richard Brandon, the hangman,' 1649 ; ' A Dialogue, or a Dispute between the Late hangman and Death,' 1649. [Cat. of Satirical Prints in ..."

3. The Mysteries of the Court of London by George William MacArthur Reynolds (1863)
"The hangman was dressed at we have already described him in a previous chapter. His shabby shooting jacket—his corduroy breeches — his leathern gaiters—hie ..."

4. Heads of the People: Or, Portraits of the English by Joseph Kenny Meadows (1878)
"The sentence fits the hangman better than the courtier ; is even a juster ... The hangman is a man of terrors ; notwithstanding, there are moods in which we ..."

5. Annual Register (1800)
"... of his canonical habit, to be whipped twice in three days by the common hangman, ... The hangman performed his office with James ever did, ..."

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