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[strang-guh l] /ˈstræŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), strangled, strangling.
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.
verb (used without object), strangled, strangling.
to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.
Origin of strangle
1250-1300; Middle English strangelen < Old French estrangler < Latin strangulāre < Greek strangalân, derivative of strangálē halter, akin to strangós twisted
Related forms
strangler, noun
stranglingly, adverb
unstrangled, adjective
1. garrote, throttle, choke. 2. smother. 3. check, repress, gag, muzzle. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stranglers
Historical Examples
  • Who the "stranglers" themselves were, nobody seemed to know.

  • We sprinkled the tails of the stranglers until there was nothing to see but smoke and dust.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • The attempt of the stranglers to lynch a horse-thief at Las Salinas, the same being me.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • For some moments the three stranglers had maintained a profound silence.

  • The dangerous chief of the stranglers was never seen again in Java.

  • This man was Faringhea, the half-caste, one of the three chiefs of the stranglers.

  • The day has dawned, the day of those who pull downwards--stranglers of individualism.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Not in vain had he mastered the encyclopedia from Safety-lamps to stranglers.

    Aladdin O'Brien Gouverneur Morris
  • Use it as a garter or a tourniquet or a stranglers noose: it still is a mans deadly necktie.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • Various officers then made unsystematic efforts to suppress the stranglers, but effectual operations were deferred until 1829.

British Dictionary definitions for stranglers


(transitive) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
(transitive) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of: to strangle originality
(transitive) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly: to strangle a cry
See also strangles
Word Origin
C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter
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Word Origin and History for stranglers



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stranglers in Medicine

strangle stran·gle (strāng'gəl)
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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