or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte
- 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.
- to execute by the garrote.
- to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin of garrote
Examples from the Web for garroter
"I know the way," whispered the garroter, and a few gathered around him.The Wreck of the Titan
In his youth he had been a highwayman, and probably a garroter.The Popham Colony
William Frederick Poole
A garroter lay on the roof ready to entangle me with his noose if I should escape the dagger of the old hag.Dracula's Guest
He was a garroter by profession, accustomed to rely upon his fists only for the exchange of amenities.Where the Pavement Ends
He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the Jew's harp.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin and History for garroter
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.