/hang"meuhn/ for 1; /hang"man'/ for 2, n., pl. 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.
[1350-1400; ME; see HANG, MAN1]

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