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hangman

[ hang-muhn for 1; hang-man for 2 ]
/ ˈhæŋ mən for 1; ˈhæŋˌmæn for 2 /
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noun, plural hang·men. for 1.
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.
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Origin of hangman

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hang, man

OTHER WORDS FROM hangman

un·der·hang·man, noun, plural un·der·hang·men.
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British Dictionary definitions for hangman

hangman
/ (ˈhæŋmən) /

noun plural -men
an official who carries out a sentence of hanging on condemned criminals
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