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Definitions of strangled

strangled (ˈstræŋɡəld) 



  1. (of an utterance) suppressed by or as if by swallowing suddenly   ⇒  ■ 'I'll go now,' Justin said in a strangled voice.,   ⇒  ■ In a strangled voice he said, 'It's going to be awful without you.',   ⇒  ■ Sue let out a strangled cry of shock.,   ⇒  ■ Sebastian heard a strangled scream.,   ⇒  ■ Somehow, a strangled sob escaped his lips.

strangle (ˈstræŋɡəl



  1. (transitive) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
  2. (transitive) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of   ⇒  ■ to strangle originality
  3. (transitive) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly   ⇒  ■ to strangle a cry

Word Origin

C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter

Example Sentences Including 'strangled'

You know, Brannigan, sometimes I wish the guy who invented the drum machine had been strangled at birth.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
He said in a strangled voice: `I'll kill you for this, Wong.
Maclean, Alistair The Lonely Sea
The scarf with which Elaine Pulman had been strangled puzzled him.
Penn, John Widow's End


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