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hangman

noun uk   us   /ˈhæŋ.mən/ /-mæn/ (plural -men uk   /-mən/ us   )

hangman noun (PERSON)

[C] a person whose job is to operate the device that kills criminals by hanging them from a rope by their necks

hangman noun (GAME)

[U] a word game in which one player has to guess a word that the other player has thought of, by guessing the letters in it. Every timethey guess a wrong letter, part of a picture of a person being hanged is drawn, and if the picture is completed the person guessing has lost.
Translations of “hangman”
in Chinese (Traditional) 絞刑吏…
in Chinese (Simplified) 执行绞刑者…
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