hangman etymology

English word hangman comes from English hang, English -man

Detailed word origin of hangman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
hang English (eng) (intransitive) To be or remain suspended.. (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.. (intransitive, chess) To be vulnerable to capture.. (intransitive, computing) To stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard and mouse.. (intransitive, figuratively) To remain persistently in one's thoughts.. (intransitive, informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.. (intransitive, [...]
-man English (eng) In certain cases, someone (implied male) who derives from a particular nationality.. Someone (implied male) who has special characteristics relating to a topic or area.. Someone (implied male) who is an expert in an area.. Someone (implied male) who is employed or holds a position in an area.
hangman English (eng) (countable) An executioner responsible for hanging criminals.. (uncountable, games) A guessing game where one has to guess the word an opponent is thinking of by guessing one letter at a time, and involving the gradual drawing of a stick figure hanging from the gallows.

Words with the same origin as hangman

Descendants of -man
bowman businessman cameraman cartman chairman congressman councilman doorman fireman fisherman freeman gunman handyman hitman madman milkman policeman postman salesman sandman seaman snowman watchman wingman