a loop with a running knot, as in a snare, lasso, or hangman's halter, that tightens as the rope is pulled.
a tie or bond; snare.

verb (used with object), noosed, noos·ing.

to secure by or as by a noose.
to make a noose with or in (a rope or the like).

Nearby words

  1. nooning,
  2. noontide,
  3. noontime,
  4. noordbrabant,
  5. noordholland,
  6. noosphere,
  7. nootka,
  8. nootka fir,
  9. nootka sound,
  10. nootropic

Origin of noose

1400–50; late Middle English nose < ?

Related formsnoos·er, nounun·noosed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for noose

British Dictionary definitions for noose



a loop in the end of a rope or cord, such as a lasso, snare, or hangman's halter, usually tied with a slipknot
something that restrains, binds, or traps
put one's head in a noose to bring about one's own downfall

verb (tr)

to secure or catch in or as if in a noose
to make a noose of or in

Word Origin for noose

C15: perhaps from Provençal nous, from Latin nōdus node

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Word Origin and History for noose



mid-15c., perhaps from Old French nos or cognate Old Provençal nous "knot," from Latin nodus "knot" (see net (n.)). Rare before c.1600.

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