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hangman (n.)

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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Definitions of hangman from WordNet

hangman (n.)
an executioner who hangs the condemned person;
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