[guh-roht, -rot]
a method of capital punishment of Spanish origin in which an iron collar is tightened around a condemned person's neck until death occurs by strangulation or by injury to the spinal column at the base of the brain.
the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
verb (used with object), garroted, garroting.
to execute by the garrote.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.

1615–25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?

garroter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

1622, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Sp. garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from O.Fr. guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic. But possibly from Frank. *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. M.Du. wroken "to twist"). The
verb meaning "to execute with a garrote" is from 1851; sense of "choking and then robbing" is from 1852.
"I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye." [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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