hangman Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “hangman” in the English Dictionary

"hangman" in British English

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

hangman noun (PERSON)

[C] a ​person whose ​job is to ​operate the ​device that ​killscriminals by ​hanging them from a ​rope by ​theirnecks

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 ​wrongletter, ​part of a ​picture of a ​person being ​hanged is ​drawn, and if the ​picture is ​completed the ​personguessing has ​lost.
(Definition of hangman from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hangman”
in Chinese (Simplified) 执行绞刑者…
in Chinese (Traditional) 絞刑吏…
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