- a method of execution, as formerly in Spain, with an iron collar tightened about the neck by a screw
- the iron collar so used
- a cord, thong, or length of wire for strangling a robbery victim, enemy sentry, etc. in a surprise attack
- a disabling by strangling in this way; strangulation
Origin of garroteSp, origin, originally , a stick used to wind a cord, probably from Old French garrot, crossbow bolt, for earlier guaroc from garokier, to garrote from Frankish an unverified form wrokkan, to twist from Indo-European an unverified form wer?h-, to twist, choke from base an unverified form wer-, to turn from source worm, wrench
transitive verb-·rot′ed or -·rot′ted, -·rot′ing or -·rot′ting
- to execute or attack with a garrote or by strangling
- to disable by strangling, as in an attack for robbery
- a. A method of execution formerly practiced in Spain, in which a tightened iron collar is used to strangle or break the neck of a condemned person.b. The iron collar used for such an execution.
- a. Strangulation, especially in order to rob.b. A cord or wire used for strangling.
transitive verbgar·rot·ed, gar·rot·ing, gar·rotes, or gar·rot·ted gar·rot·ting gar·rottes
- To execute by garrote.
- To strangle in order to rob.
Origin of garroteSpanish cudgel, instrument of torture possibly from Old French garrot perhaps from garoquier to struggle
(third-person singular simple present garrotes, present participle garrotting, simple past and past participle garrotted)
From Spanish garrote