SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), stran·gled, stran·gling. 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. to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate. to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press. verb (used without object), stran·gled, stran·gling. 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 forms stran·gler, noun stran·gling·ly, adverb un·stran·gled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stranglers Historical Examples of stranglers
Who the "
stranglers" themselves were, nobody seemed to know.
We sprinkled the tails of the
Stranglers until there was nothing to see but smoke and dust.
The attempt of the
Stranglers to lynch a horse-thief at Las Salinas, the same being me.
For some moments the three
Stranglers had maintained a profound silence.
The dangerous chief of the
Stranglers was never seen again in Java. British Dictionary definitions for stranglers verb (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of to strangle originality (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly to strangle a cry Word Origin for strangle
C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek
strangalē a halter
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Word Origin and History for stranglers 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.
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v. To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.
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