Definition of noose in English:


Pronunciation /no͞os/ /nus/

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  • 1A loop with a running knot, tightening as the rope or wire is pulled and typically used to hang people or trap animals.

    ‘he began to choke as the noose tightened about his throat’
    • ‘a hangman's noose’
    • ‘the West is exploring ways to tighten the economic noose’
    • ‘Its gnarled branches twisted and turned into the air, and a hangman's noose hung from one of its thickest and strongest branches.’
    • ‘But hanging from a beam in the center of a room typically reserved for celebrations and weddings is a crude, handmade noose fashioned out of three electrical wires.’
    • ‘Members of the study population were captured by placing a soft elastic noose around the perimeter of an active burrow entrance.’
    • ‘I draw back on the shortened rope and begin tying it into another noose.’
    • ‘He climbed the ladder leaving Garry clutching a cat box and catcher noose at the bottom.’
    • ‘A rope tied in a hangman's noose drapes her neck.’
    • ‘Then, one day in 1999, according to Elliott, a hangman's noose appeared near his desk.’
    • ‘Now if he could only convince himself to snap out of it before he found himself on the worse side of a hangman's noose.’
    • ‘He told Cross to stand on the pipes beneath the window and put the noose around his neck explaining that this would secure a transfer to hospital for both of them and they would be able to get drugs.’
    • ‘The guard - the executioner - placed the noose over her head.’
    • ‘On the scaffold, before the noose is placed about his neck, his chains and the rope that binds his hands are struck off, and he is asked what he has to say.’
    • ‘His task completed, the man was taken back to the gallows and again the noose was placed around his neck.’
    • ‘The inmate is blindfolded and taken to the execution room, where the noose is secured and the inmate's knees are tied.’
    • ‘‘Thank you,’ I said, reaching up to free my hair from the noose.’
    • ‘I bent down and removed the noose from the girl's neck.’
    • ‘Henry had already wrapped the noose around his neck.’
    • ‘The King was blindfolded and his head placed in the noose.’
    • ‘He had seen it before the noose had been placed on his neck.’
    • ‘For some reason, there were three nooses hanging there.’
    • ‘Grabbing a loose piece of rope from the roof top, he quickly made two nooses and threw the rope at the thieves.’
    coil, hoop, ring, circle, noose, oval, spiral, curl, twirl, whorl, twist, hook, zigzag, helix, convolution, incurvation
    1. 1.1the nooseDeath by hanging.
      ‘he earned a reprieve from the noose’
      • ‘My dreams for the future have now atrophied to simply ‘keeping the noose at bay.’’
      • ‘Yet he is one of the three still facing the noose.’
      • ‘One might have expected criminals awaiting trial to have been especially defensive, doing their best to avoid the noose by shifting blame elsewhere.’
    2. 1.2the nooseA difficult situation regarded as a restraint or bond.
      • ‘the West is exploring ways to tighten the economic noose’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Put a noose on (someone)

    ‘she was noosed and hooded, then strangled by the executioner’
    • ‘The novitiate, blindfolded and noosed, was brought before them and a gun fired into the air.’
    • ‘When the hangman came to noose her she knocked him clean out of the cart.’
    1. 1.1Catch (an animal) with a noose.
      ‘the animal was eventually noosed and sedated by dog handlers’
      • ‘Pitfall traps were placed opportunistically next to logs to supplement noosing and remained there for the entire study.’
      • ‘Individuals were noosed, measured, weighed, and marked with synthetic paint to ease observation.’
    2. 1.2Form (a rope) into a noose.
      ‘Gomez had noosed a coil of rope around his neck’
      • ‘A silver-blue rope of sorts was noosed around the creature's throat.’
      • ‘Six boys found her body with a black chiffon scarf noosed around her neck.’


    put one's head in a noose
    • Bring about one's own downfall.

      ‘if we pursue this idea, we could be putting our heads in a noose’
      • ‘This was the awakening, the realization that I had officially and for all time put my head in a noose and the hangman was taking his sweet time.’


Late Middle English probably via Old French no(u)s from Latin nodus ‘knot’.