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EtymologyEdit

under- +‎ hangman

NounEdit

underhangman (plural underhangmen)

  1. (nonce word, Shakespeare) An assistant or deputy hangman.
    • c. 1609, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act II, Scene 3,[1]
      [] thou wert dignified enough,
      Even to the point of envy, if ’twere made
      Comparative for your virtues, to be styled
      The under-hangman of his kingdom []