For the film, see Noose (film). For other uses, see The Noose.

A noose knot tied in kernmantle rope
Names Noose, Running knot
Category Loop
Related slip knot, hangman's knot, Running bowline, arbor knot
Releasing Non-jamming
Typical use animal snares, knitting, self tightening end loop, killing oneself.
ABoK 1114[1]

A noose is a loop at the end of a rope in which the knot tightens under load and can be loosened without. The knot can be used to secure a rope to a post or pole, but only where the end is in a position that the loop can be passed over.


The knot is tied by forming a loop in the end of a rope, and then passing a bight of the standing end through the loop. The noose knot is a slipped version of the overhand knot.

Use in hanging

Main article: Hanging

The knot most closely associated with execution is the hangman's knot, which is also known as the "hangman's noose." Tying is similar to the original noose, but several turns are wrapped around the loop. The reason for this was to make the hanging more "humane," as it would break the person's neck, killing them instantly, rather than strangling them to death.

Use in intimidation

In the US, a noose is sometimes left as a message in order to intimidate people. Its meaning is derived from its use in segregation era lynchings.[2][3][4]It is illegal to display a noose in a threatening manner in New York and Connecticut.[5]

See also

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  1. Ashley, Clifford W. (1993) [1944], The Ashley Book of Knots, New York: Doubleday, p. 204, ISBN 0-385-04025-3
  2. Noose incidents evoke segregation-era fears, MSNBC. October 10, 2007.
  3. Coast Guard tries to deal with noose incidents, CNN. October 4, 2007.
  4. Vanessa Holloway, "Getting Away With Murder: The Twentieth-Century Struggle for Civil Rights in the U.S. Senate" (Univ Press of America, 2014).
  5. Noose displays provoke new state penalties, June 6, 2008.
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