[ linch ]
/ lɪntʃ /

verb (used with object)

to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.

Origin of lynch

1825–35, Americanism; v. use of lynch in lynch law

Related forms

lynch·er, nounan·ti·lynch·ing, adjective

Can be confused

hang lynch (see synonym study at hang)

Synonym study

See hang. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lyncher

  • "This isn't Arizona or any other lyncher's country," said Halliday, the lawyer, making his way to the front.

  • They say the lyncher knows that he is wrong and has been told so often enough.

    The Soul of John Brown|Stephen Graham

British Dictionary definitions for lyncher (1 of 2)


/ (lɪntʃ) /


(tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial

Derived Forms

lyncher, nounlynching, noun

Word Origin for lynch

probably after Charles Lynch (1736–96), Virginia justice of the peace, who presided over extralegal trials of Tories during the American War of Independence

British Dictionary definitions for lyncher (2 of 2)


/ (lɪntʃ) /


David. born 1946, US film director; his work includes the films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), and the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
John, known as Jack Lynch. 1917–99, Irish statesman; prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966–73; 1977–79)
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