From Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulō, strangulāre, from Ancient Greek στραγγαλόομαι (strangalóomai, “to strangle”), from στραγγάλη (strangálē, “a halter”); compare στραγγός (strangós, “twisted”).
- (transitive) To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.
- He strangled his wife and dissolved the body in acid.
- (transitive) To stifle or suppress an action.
- She strangled a scream.
- (intransitive) To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.
- The cat slipped from the branch and strangled on its bell-collar.
- (intransitive) To be stifled, choked, or suffocated in any manner.
- Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, […] And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
to kill someone by strangulation
to stifle or suppress an action
- strangle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- strangle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- strangle at OneLook Dictionary Search