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).

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

Related Words for noose

lariat, hitch, trap, tie, snare, lasso

Examples from the Web for noose

Contemporary Examples of noose

Historical Examples of noose

  • Old Noll had a noose of hemp ready for horse-stealers, were they for King or for Parliament.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Standing behind me, jerking at the noose, he commanded me to hold up my hands.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • If he were hanged for it he had run his craig into the noose.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He shook out the noose of his rope, and it sang as it whirled in the air.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Wait till you see me slipping my neck into a noose held by your fingers.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper