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


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

Examples from the Web for throttled

Contemporary Examples of throttled

Historical Examples of throttled

  • Burnham's hand fell heavily on his forearm and he checked as if throttled.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She tied a knot with flashing eyes, as if it throttled a foe.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Then he was dragged on to the middle of the rug, feeling by this time that he was going to be throttled.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • I expect it would too, if someone could have throttled Billy Bounce.

  • The name of self-government is noisy everywhere: the Thing is throttled.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for throttled



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 Formsthrottler, noun

Word Origin for throttle

C14: throtelen, from throte throat
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Word Origin and History for throttled



"strangle to death," c.1400, probably from Middle English throte "throat" (see throat). Related: Throttled; throttling. The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.

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