strangle

[strang-guhl]
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verb (used with object), stran·gled, stran·gling.
  1. 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.
  2. to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
  3. to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.
verb (used without object), stran·gled, stran·gling.
  1. 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 formsstran·gler, nounstran·gling·ly, adverbun·stran·gled, adjective

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Related Words for strangler

killer, garroter, strangler, lyncher

Examples from the Web for strangler

Contemporary Examples of strangler

  • During the hunt for the strangler, the area was flooded with cops.

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    Philly's Cop-Free Heroin Zone

    Jeff Deeney

    August 13, 2011

  • Ever since the strangler,” addict Will Sims says, “we do everything out in the open and the cops are cool with it.

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    Philly's Cop-Free Heroin Zone

    Jeff Deeney

    August 13, 2011

Historical Examples of strangler


British Dictionary definitions for strangler

strangler

noun
  1. a person or thing that strangles
  2. a plant, esp a fig in tropical rain forests, that starts as an epiphyte but sends roots to the ground and eventually forms a tree with many aerial roots, usually killing the host

strangle

verb
  1. (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
  2. (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development ofto strangle originality
  3. (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenlyto strangle a cry
See also strangles

Word Origin for strangle

C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter
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Word Origin and History for strangler

strangle

v.

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

strangler in Medicine

strangle

[strănggəl]
v.
  1. To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.
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