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Meaning of hangman

hang•man

Pronunciation: (hang'mun for 1 hang'man&sec for 2), [key]
— pl. -men.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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