Definition of garrotte in English:


(US garrote) (also garotte)


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

    ‘he had been garrotted with piano wire’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that same month, he, accused of kidnapping and garroting a small child in France, faced the death penalty in a media-saturated trial.’
    • ‘Victims were shot, strangled, poisoned, drowned, garrotted, thrown from cliffs and hacked to pieces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A screwed up psycho from a rich family has been garrotting strangers and taking their identity, ‘like a hermit crab.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It could have garotted her as she is only two years old.’
    • ‘If I had made these statements a year ago, a royalist mob would have probably garrotted me with bunting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remember when he said he'd like to garotte her.’
    • ‘The parents of his wife have been found garrotted in their isolated cabin near Buffalo, NY.’
    • ‘It also happens to be the truth, which is why I plan to have him garroted by Italian thugs.’
    • ‘A kite-flyer later managed virtually to garrotte me as I strolled along the beach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A 17-year-old is found garrotted on Mt Victoria.’
    • ‘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.’
    put to death, carry out a sentence of death on, kill
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  • A wire, cord, or other implement used for garrotting.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was strangled with a professionally made garrote.’
    • ‘Then I was looping my arms around his neck, trying to use the bar between the manacles as a garrotte.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also had a Tommy gun - and he had a garrotte or ‘cheese cutter’, a more silent way of killing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was about to walk out of the restroom when she felt the garrote wrap around her neck.’


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