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[trang-kwuh-lahy-zer] /ˈtræŋ kwəˌlaɪ zər/
a person or thing that tranquilizes.
a drug that has a sedative or calming effect without inducing sleep.
antipsychotic (def 2).
Also, tranquillizer.
Origin of tranquilizer
1790-1800; tranquilize + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tranquilizer
  • These won't dope them up as much as a tranquilizer, but should help calm them down.
  • He carefully aimed his tranquilizer gun at the tiger.
  • In fact, a vet from a local zoo shot one of the tigers with a tranquilizer dart.
  • Nearby, a volunteer veterinarian is skillfully giving a tranquilizer injection to a critically injured monkey.
  • When one is spotted, there are no tranquilizer darts or anaesthesia used.
  • tranquilizer darts are often inaccurate, slow-moving, and unreliable.
  • Soon, the collar was on, and the antidote to the tranquilizer administered.
  • The other option is a tranquilizer prescribed by your vet.
  • As sheep dart across the screen, you shoot them with tranquilizer darts as fast as possible by clicking your mouse.
  • Don't give your dog a tranquilizer before putting him in the travel crate.
British Dictionary definitions for tranquilizer


a drug that calms a person without affecting clarity of consciousness
anything that tranquillizes
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Word Origin and History for tranquilizer

"sedative," 1824 (first reference is to ground ivy), agent noun from tranquilize; in reference to one of a large group of anti-anxiety drugs, it is recorded by 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tranquilizer in Medicine

tranquilizer tran·quil·iz·er (trāng'kwə-līz'ər, trān'-)
A drug that promotes tranquility by calming, soothing, quieting, or pacifying without depressant effects.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tranquilizer



A tranquilizer; a tranquilizer tablet or capsule (1967+)


(also trank out): Last I heard, still at some pricey Rambler's Retreat, tranked to the tits/ The idea was to keep me tranked out so that everything would sort of stabilize (1972+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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