Jack Ketch


noun British Slang.

a public hangman.

Origin of Jack Ketch

First recorded in 1665–75; named after John Ketch (1663?–86), English executioner noted for his brutality
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Jack Ketch


British archaic a hangman

Word Origin for Jack Ketch

C18: after John Ketch (died 1686), public executioner in England
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