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1. A man employed to execute condemned prisoners by hanging.
2. (also -măn) A game in which one player chooses a word whose letters are guessed at by another player. For each wrong guess, a new part of the stick figure of a hanging man is drawn until either the word is guessed correctly or the drawing is completed.


n, pl -men
(Law) an official who carries out a sentence of hanging on condemned criminals


(ˈhæŋ mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person who hangs criminals who are condemned to death; public executioner.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hangman - an executioner who hangs the condemned personhangman - an executioner who hangs the condemned person
executioner, public executioner - an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant
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[ˈhæŋmən] N (hangmen (pl)) → verdugo m


[ˈhæŋmən] n
(= executioner) → bourreau m
(= game) → pendu m


[ˈhæŋmən] n (-men (pl)) → boia m inv


(hӕŋ) past tense, past participle hung (haŋ) verb
1. to put or fix, or to be put or fixed, above the ground eg by a hook. We'll hang the picture on that wall; The picture is hanging on the wall.
2. to fasten (something), or to be fastened, at the top or side so that it can move freely but cannot fall. A door hangs by its hinges.
3. (past tense, past participle hanged) to kill, or to be killed, by having a rope put round the neck and being allowed to drop. Murderers used to be hanged in the United Kingdom, but no-one hangs for murder now.
4. (often with down or out) to be bending, drooping or falling downwards. The dog's tongue was hanging out; Her hair was hanging down.
5. to bow (one's head). He hung his head in shame.
ˈhanger noun
(usually ˈcoat-hanger) a shaped metal, wooden or plastic frame with a hook on which jackets, dresses etc are hung up.
ˈhanging noun
the (act of) killing a criminal by hanging.
ˈhangings noun plural
curtains or material hung on walls for decoration.
ˈhangman noun
a man whose job it is to hang criminals.
ˈhangover noun
the unpleasant after effects of having had too much alcohol. He woke up with a hangover.
get the hang of
to learn or begin to understand how to do (something). It may seem difficult at first, but you'll get the hang of it after a few weeks.
hang about/around
1. to stand around, doing nothing. I don't like to see all these youths hanging about (street-corners).
2. to be close to (a person) frequently. I don't want you hanging around my daughter.
hang back
to hesitate or be unwilling. The soldiers all hung back when the sergeant asked for volunteers.
hang in the balance
to be in doubt. The success of this project is hanging in the balance.
hang on
1. to wait. Will you hang on a minute – I'm not quite ready.
2. (often with to) to hold. Hang on to that rope.
3. to keep; to retain. He likes to hang on to his money.
hang together
to agree or be consistent. His statements just do not hang together.
hang up
1. to hang (something) on something. Hang up your coat in the cupboard.
2. (often with on) to put the receiver back after a telephone conversation. I tried to talk to her, but she hung up (on me).

She hung the picture up.
The murderer was hanged.
References in classic literature ?
You only speak thus because you are overheard," coolly replied Milady; "and you wish to interest your jailers and your hangmen against me.
Soon after he married a Manchester woman, Mary Buxton, at Newton Heath, the elder Pierrepoint was added to the Home Office's approved list of hangmen, having written to them repeatedly to volunteer his services.
Zimbabwe, which has an unemployment rate of more than 90 per cent, announced last month that it received more than 50 applications from people wanting to become hangmen.
That meant our hangmen had to bow to American rules, rules Albert Pierrepoint felt were unduly cruel to the condemned man.
Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh [The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges] returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster's award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast rive to cinemas by National.
uk THEATRE Hangmen (Encore) Another chance to see the broadcast of Hangmen from the West End.
London's Royal Court theatre went through a sold out season of performances of The Hangmen by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh, and is now everyone will get the chance to see what the fuss is about during broadcasts of the show in cinemas by National Theatre Live.
Incredibly, Smith gravitated from petty criminal - he was once jailed for running naked through the streets - to England's best-known hangmen.
45pm NT Live: Hangmen (): Thu 7pm Secret In Their Eyes (15): Fri-Mon/Wed/Thu 6.
Filmmusik zu Hangmen Also Die = Film Music to Hangmen Also Die.
Britain's final executions of Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were carried out by public hangmen Harry Allen and Robert Stewart.
24 -- When the Iraqi deposed leader Saddam Hussein was led to be hanged by some brutal hangmen, who had no respect or mercy for him, told him to 'Go to hell