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.

Nearby words

  1. thrive,
  2. thriven,
  3. thrix,
  4. thro,
  5. thro',
  6. throat microphone,
  7. throat seizing,
  8. throat sweetbread,
  9. throated,
  10. throatlash


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

British Dictionary definitions for lump in one's throat



  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

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Word Origin and History for lump in one's 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.

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Medicine definitions for lump in one's throat




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.

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Idioms and Phrases with lump in one's throat

lump in one's throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion, as in The bride's mother had a lump in her throat. This expression likens the sense of a physical swelling to the tight sensation caused by strong feelings. [Mid-1800s]


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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