- the passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs, including the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and trachea.
- some analogous or similar narrowed part or passage.
- the front of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone.
- the narrow opening between a fireplace and its flue or smoke chamber, often closed by a damper.
- Nautical, Machinery. swallow1(def 13).
- the forward edge of the opening in the vamp of a shoe.
- Automotive. barrel(def 14).
- to make a throat in; provide with a throat.
- to utter or express from or as from the throat; utter throatily.
- cut one's own throat, to bring about one's own ruin: He cut his own throat by being nasty to the boss.
- jump down someone's throat, Informal. to disagree with, criticize, or scold overhastily: Wait and let me finish before you jump down my throat.
- lump in one's throat, a tight or uncomfortable feeling in the throat, as a reaction to an emotion: The sight of the infant brought a lump to her throat.
- ram/force (something) down someone's throat, Informal. to force someone to agree to or accept (something).
- stick in one's throat, to be difficult of expression; cause to hesitate: The words of sympathy stuck in her throat.
Origin of throat
Examples from the Web for throat
I took out my knife, my Ka-Bar, and knocked his teeth out, but they fell into his throat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The pressure against my throat seemed completely constricting.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
With senility's fingers at his throat, it was clear that no more movies were going to be made.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He died in July after being grabbed around the throat by a cop and wrestled to ground where the breath flew out of him.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
The red mark around her throat suggested she had been strangled with “something thin.”Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
"He had a gun shoved into the hollow of his throat," said Andy.
A ghost of color was going up her throat, staining her cheeks.
Charles had said as he fingered his throat, which was patched with black and blue.
There was a snarl; Jeff had Joe by the throat, and Joe was reaching for his gun.
The fingers thrust at his throat—he seemed to be tearing his own flesh.
- that part of the alimentary and respiratory tracts extending from the back of the mouth (nasopharynx) to just below the larynx
- the front part of the neck
- something resembling a throat, esp in shape or functionthe throat of a chimney
- botany the gaping part of a tubular corolla or perianth
- informal a sore throat
- cut one's throat or cut one's own throat to bring about one's own ruin
- have by the throat to have compete control over (a person or thing)
- jump down someone's throat See jump (def. 24)
- ram something down someone's throat or force something down someone's throat to insist that someone listen to or accept (something)he rammed his own opinions down my throat
- stick in one's throat or stick in one's craw informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
Word Origin and History for throat
Old English þrote (implied in þrotbolla "the Adam's apple, larynx," literally "throat boll"), related to þrutian "to swell," from Proto-Germanic *thrut- (cf. Old High German drozza, German Drossel, Old Saxon strota, Middle Dutch strote, Dutch strot "throat"), perhaps from PIE *trud- (cf. Old English þrutian "to swell," Old Norse þrutna "to swell").
The notion is of "the swollen part" of the neck. Italian strozza "throat," strozzare "to strangle" are Germanic loan-words. College slang for "competitive student" is 1970s, from cutthroat.
- The portion of the digestive tract that lies between the rear of the mouth and the esophagus and includes the fauces and the pharynx.
- The anterior portion of the neck.