[ hang-muhn for 1; hang-man for 2 ]
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noun,plural hang·men. for 1.
  1. a person who hangs criminals who are condemned to death; public executioner.

  2. 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, man

Other words from hangman

  • un·der·hang·man, noun, plural un·der·hang·men.

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How to use hangman in a sentence

  • This day among other stories he told me how despicable a thing it is to be a hangman in Poland, although it be a place of credit.

British Dictionary definitions for hangman


/ (ˈhæŋmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. an official who carries out a sentence of hanging on condemned criminals

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