hang man

hangman

[hang-muhn for 1; hang-man for 2]
noun, plural hangmen. for 1.
1.
a person who hangs criminals who are condemned to death; public executioner.
2.
a word game in which one player selects a word that the other player must guess by supplying each of its letters: for each incorrect guess a part of a stick figure of a hanged, man is drawn.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see hang, man1

underhangman, noun, plural underhangmen.
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hangman (ˈhæŋmən)
 
n , pl -men
an official who carries out a sentence of hanging on condemned criminals

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