[ throt-l ]
/ ˈθrɒt l /


verb (used with object), throt·tled, throt·tling.

Idioms for throttle

    at full throttle, at maximum speed.

Origin of throttle

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English throtelen, frequentative of throten to cut the throat of (someone), strangle, derivative of throat; (noun) probably diminutive of Middle English throte throat; compare German Drossel


throt·tler, nounun·throt·tled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for throttle

/ (ˈθrɒtəl) /


Also called: throttle valve any device that controls the quantity of fuel or fuel and air mixture entering an engine
an informal or dialect word for throat

verb (tr)

to kill or injure by squeezing the throat
to suppressto throttle the press
to control or restrict (a flow of fluid) by means of a throttle valve

Derived forms of throttle

throttler, noun

Word Origin for throttle

C14: throtelen, from throte throat
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