or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte
- a method of capital punishment of Spanish origin in which an iron collar is tightened around a condemned person's neck until death occurs by strangulation or by injury to the spinal column at the base of the brain.
- the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
- strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
- an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
- to execute by the garrote.
- to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
Examples from the Web for garroted
On returning that evening from the theatre he is garroted and robbed of all he has with him.
Most of them was garroted, and a few was condemned to work on the roads for life.The Bravest of the Brave
G. A. Henty
Art, now in its very birth in his heart and life, was to be garroted.The Lane That Had No Turning, Complete
He was garroted at Havana, being refused the honorable death of a soldier.Cuba
Arthur D. Hall
It fell upon me; I was seized, garroted, gagged, and guarded by the police.A Start in Life
Honore de Balzac
Word Origin and History for garroted
also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").
I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.