Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[ee-thuh-rahyz] /ˈi θəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), etherized, etherizing.
Medicine/Medical. to put under the influence of ether; anesthetize.
to render groggy or numb, as if by an anesthetic.
Also, especially British, etherise.
Origin of etherize
First recorded in 1740-50; ether + -ize
Related forms
etherization, noun
etherizer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for etherize
Historical Examples
  • I was obliged to etherize it a little, so as to stupefy it, and render it less uneasy.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • I'm afraid I got kind of mixed up—I could think of nothin' but etherize.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • Therefore they etherize and dissect down for the purpose of exploring, to ascertain if the guess is right or wrong.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • I guess it was the strugglin' that confused my mind, and I been wondering why I could etherize a lot of struggling young poets.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for etherize


(transitive) (obsolete) to subject (a person) to the anaesthetic influence of ether fumes; anaesthetize
Derived Forms
etherization, etherisation, noun
etherizer, etheriser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for etherize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for etherize

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for etherize