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or tranquillizer

[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).
Origin of tranquilizer
1790-1800; tranquilize + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There might be something in it that could help—a tranquilizer perhaps.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • I suggest that you stretch your legs in the park and feed the swans as a tranquilizer.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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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