a person who hangs criminals who are condemned to death; public executioner.
a word game in which one player selects a word that the other player must guess by supplying each of its letters: for each incorrect guess a part of a stick figure of a man who has been hanged is drawn.
Origin of hangman
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hang, man1
Related formsun·der·hang·man, noun,pluralun·der·hang·men.