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[guh-rot, -roht] /gəˈrɒt, -ˈroʊt/
noun, verb (used with object), garrotted, garrotting.
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garrotter, noun


or garote, garotte, garrotte

[guh-roht, -rot] /gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt/
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.
verb (used with object), garroted, garroting.
to execute by the garrote.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
1615-25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?
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garroter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for garrotted
Historical Examples
  • Next there is a record of one hundred and ninety-one men who had been garrotted.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • For no purpose whatever we have garrotted the lawful heir to this Crown.

  • So he's to be garrotted the day after to-morrow, without fail.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • The indifference exhibited by the garrotted man getting up to adjust his chair is probably common amongst criminals of his type.

  • The other three seamen were then called in one after the other, garrotted, handcuffed, and imprisoned in the same way.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • A few weeks later they garrotted him, and he said one word before he died,—one only, "Germinal."

  • Another prisoner was garrotted, four more were publicly executed by being shot with arrows, and another was burnt.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • The two men and the elder of the women succumbed at the last, professed conversion and were garrotted and burnt.

  • Yet, said his Spanish critics and enemies, he prepared his pupils to conspire and to be garrotted!

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • He was arrested and did not attempt to deny his crime; he was garrotted, then thrown to the flames.

British Dictionary definitions for garrotted


a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
(obsolete) strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery
verb (transitive)
to execute by means of the garrotte
to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
Derived Forms
garrotter, garroter, garotter, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for garrotted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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