- to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
- to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
- to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.
- to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.
Origin of strangle
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Examples from the Web for strangler
During the hunt for the strangler, the area was flooded with cops.
Ever since the strangler,” addict Will Sims says, “we do everything out in the open and the cops are cool with it.
The youth was close upon the midnight strangler, stooping low.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
When he pulled on them both, the strangler's cord came away in his hand.Planet of the Damned
The first point gained, the Strangler could act more freely.The Wandering Jew, Complete
"What you feel is a strangler's cord," the thief said grimly.The Egyptian Cat Mystery
Harold Leland Goodwin
He said two words to the Strangler, and drew a revolver from beneath his jacket.Jack Haydon's Quest
- a person or thing that strangles
- a plant, esp a fig in tropical rain forests, that starts as an epiphyte but sends roots to the ground and eventually forms a tree with many aerial roots, usually killing the host
- (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
- (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development ofto strangle originality
- (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenlyto strangle a cry
Word Origin and History for strangler
c.1300, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare "to choke, stifle, check, constrain," from Greek strangalan "choke, twist," from strangale "a halter, cord, lace," related to strangos "twisted," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain (v.)). Related: Strangled; strangling.
- To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.