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[noos] /nus/
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, noosing.
to secure by or as by a noose.
to make a noose with or in (a rope or the like).
Origin of noose
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English nose < ?
Related forms
nooser, noun
unnoosed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for noose
  • Using a noose tied to a long pole, wildlife officers slip a loop around the animal's neck and steer it down the tree.
  • But the lyrics aren't written in a sense that would make one want to start tying up the noose.
  • Barr plans to slip a cable noose around his neck from a small boat and drag him to shore.
  • M, suspended from a clothes-rack hook by a stout rope, the noose of which had been deftly knotted.
  • The students were forced to take off their hoods and noose at the door.
  • And the police have not identified the student who admitted to the noose incident nor said whether charges would be filed.
  • He had pulled the sheets off the bed and was knotting them into a makeshift noose.
  • The noose around his neck was made from the same rope he used to pitch party tents.
  • Thereupon the vengeful jurists designed a special cage to carry him high above the noose.
  • Another installation piece presents a filthy bed, strewn with debris, over which hangs a noose.
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 (transitive)
to secure or catch in or as if in a noose
to make a noose of or in
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Provençal nous, from Latin nōdusnode
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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
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