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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Dun was alſo the general name of hangman, before that of Jack-ketch.The Olden Time Series, Vol. 6: Literary Curiosities
Henry M. Brooks
British archaic a hangman
Word Origin for Jack Ketch
C18: after John Ketch (died 1686), public executioner in England
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