1. a loop with a running knot, as in a snare, lasso, or hangman’s halter, that tightens as the rope is pulled.
  2. a tie or bond; snare.

verb (used with object), noosed, noos·ing.

  1. to secure by or as by a noose.
  2. to make a noose with or in (a rope or the like).


  1. a loop in the end of a rope or cord, such as a lasso, snare, or hangman’s halter, usually tied with a slipknot
  2. something that restrains, binds, or traps
  3. put one’s head in a noose to bring about one’s own downfall

verb (tr)

  1. to secure or catch in or as if in a noose
  2. to make a noose of or in

n.mid-15c., perhaps from Old French nos or cognate Old Provençal nous “knot,” from Latin nodus “knot” (see net (n.)). Rare before c.1600.

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