noun, plural hang·men. 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 man who has been hanged is drawn.

noun plural -men

  1. an official who carries out a sentence of hanging on condemned criminals

public executioner, mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from hang (v.) + man (n.). As the name of a spelling game, by 1951. Hangestere “female executioner” is found mid-15c.

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