noun Anatomy, Zoology.

verb (used with object)

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

before 900; Middle English throte, Old English throte, throta, throtu; akin to Old High German drozza throat, Old Norse throti swelling. See throttle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cut-throat

executioner, hunter, butcher, slayer, soldier, assassin, exterminator

Examples from the Web for cut-throat

Contemporary Examples of cut-throat

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Historical Examples of cut-throat

  • Faithful to their cut-throat trade, I made no doubt he meant.

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    Raphael Sabatini

  • The town looks on him as a cut-throat who has narrowly escaped the gallows.

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    Rafael Sabatini

  • Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.

  • I've thought of nothing but you since the day I saw you with that cut-throat.

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    Clara Louise Burnham

  • "I believe you," he muttered, looking steadily at the cut-throat.

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British Dictionary definitions for cut-throat



a person who cuts throats; murderer
Also called: cut-throat razor British a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handleUS name: straight razor


bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel
fierce or relentless in competitioncut-throat prices
(of some games) played by three peoplecut-throat poker



  1. that part of the alimentary and respiratory tracts extending from the back of the mouth (nasopharynx) to just below the larynx
  2. 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
Related formsRelated adjectives: gular, guttural, jugular, laryngeal

Word Origin for throat

Old English throtu; related to Old High German drozza throat, Old Norse throti swelling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cut-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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cut-throat in Medicine




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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with cut-throat


see at each other's throats; cut someone's throat; frog in one's throat; jump down someone's throat; lump in one's throat; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick in one's craw (throat).

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