Definition of garrotte in English:


(US garrote, garotte)


  • Kill (someone) by strangulation, especially with a length of wire or cord.

    ‘he had been garrotted with piano wire’
    • ‘The parents of his wife have been found garrotted in their isolated cabin near Buffalo, NY.’
    • ‘In that same month, he, accused of kidnapping and garroting a small child in France, faced the death penalty in a media-saturated trial.’
    • ‘‘Multiple deaths’ are not unusual: the one fully documented bog body from Britain, Lindow man, had been garrotted, hit on the back of the head and cut across the throat.’
    • ‘It also happens to be the truth, which is why I plan to have him garroted by Italian thugs.’
    • ‘In the meantime, he had cast off his accursed plaything and leapt over the railings like a boxer over the paregoric ropes which would have garroted him had he not been both careful and proficient.’
    • ‘Victims were shot, strangled, poisoned, drowned, garrotted, thrown from cliffs and hacked to pieces.’
    • ‘It is difficult to imagine we are the same people who used to flock to see the guilty or the innocent burned alive, hanged, drawn and quartered, drowned or garroted.’
    • ‘A screwed up psycho from a rich family has been garrotting strangers and taking their identity, ‘like a hermit crab.’’
    • ‘If I had made these statements a year ago, a royalist mob would have probably garrotted me with bunting.’
    • ‘Sneaking up on people and garrotting them from behind is a frustratingly difficult option, and the highest rating is accorded to those who can waltz through an entire level and kill only the primary target at the end.’
    • ‘I remember when he said he'd like to garotte her.’
    • ‘A 17-year-old is found garrotted on Mt Victoria.’
    • ‘A witness has told a trial how the steward at a motocross track allowed riders to carry on after an 11-year-old boy was garrotted as the result of a crash.’
    • ‘When two of the peasants dare to speak their minds about this state of unjust affairs in his presence, the ruthless prince orders them garroted.’
    • ‘It could have garotted her as she is only two years old.’
    • ‘It's just the place to buy a helium-filled Dalmatian, while listening to old blokes with beards making a noise akin to a donkey being garrotted with cheese wire.’
    • ‘The problem with that scenario is that the lad who performed the service was usually quietly garrotted and buried under one of his own mulberry trees.’
    • ‘You felt instinctively as if something terrible had happened here: that the tribesmen had crucified the station master perhaps, or garroted the ticket collector.’
    • ‘The mystery of how Britain's leading expert on him came to be lying garrotted to death on his own bed may have been solved by the author's greatest creation, Sherlock Holmes.’
    • ‘A kite-flyer later managed virtually to garrotte me as I strolled along the beach.’
    put to death, carry out a sentence of death on, kill
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  • A wire, cord, or other implement used for garrotting.

    • ‘She was about to walk out of the restroom when she felt the garrote wrap around her neck.’
    • ‘This one held a lone shotgun and revolver; the other items were more esoteric, including foils, swords, crossbows and bolts, spears, axes, hatchets, knives of all sizes and shapes, stakes, gallon jugs of holy water, and garrotes.’
    • ‘He admits that she is equally adept at manipulating him to her cause as she is in the art of archery or the garrotte.’
    • ‘She had been strangled with a garrotte made from a stick and cord and her skull was fractured.’
    • ‘Then I was looping my arms around his neck, trying to use the bar between the manacles as a garrotte.’
    • ‘She was strangled with a professionally made garrote.’
    • ‘Each and every one of them is as adept with the longbow and the broadsword by day as he is with the dirk and the garrotte in the dead of night.’
    • ‘Theoretically facing a death sentence, he mistook the police photography equipment for his notorious mechanical garotte, and remembers asking himself ‘whether this was the right time to shout something defiant and noble’.’
    • ‘The villagers erect a crude garrote of hog's gut and horse hair that catches the prisoner - if he is fortunate - in the neck and instantly decapitates him.’
    • ‘But there was no blood as a practical matter because the garrote was already tightened around her neck, stopping the flow of blood from her heart to her brain when she was struck on the head.’
    • ‘Why on earth should a serious villain entrust his money to a preposterous amateur, who has no aptitude for the task, and furthermore no training in the firearm and garrotte which are going to be the tools of his trade?’
    • ‘So, I don't know why he suddenly went to that basement room, fashioned a garrote from something that was right there in plain sight and brutally murdered her.’
    • ‘It's painful to say that in front of them, but she was brutally murdered with a garrote, a device used like a noose with a handle.’
    • ‘They also had a Tommy gun - and he had a garrotte or ‘cheese cutter’, a more silent way of killing.’


Early 17th century: via French from Spanish garrote a cudgel, a garrotte, perhaps of Celtic origin.