From Middle English throte, from Old English þrote, þrota, þrotu (“throat”), from Proto-Germanic *þrutō (“throat”), from Proto-Indo-European *trud- (“to swell, become stiff”). Cognate with Dutch strot (“throat”), German Droß (“throat”), Icelandic þroti (“swelling”), Swedish trut.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈθɹəʊt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈθɹoʊt/
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- Rhymes: -əʊt
throat (plural throats)
- The front part of the neck.
The wild pitch bounced and hit the catcher in the throat.
1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, in The Purchase Price:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
- The gullet or windpipe.
As I swallowed I felt something strange in my throat.
- A narrow opening in a vessel.
The water leaked out from the throat of the bottle.
- Station throat.
- The part of a chimney between the gathering, or portion of the funnel which contracts in ascending, and the flue.
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- (nautical) The upper fore corner of a boom-and-gaff sail, or of a staysail.
- (nautical) That end of a gaff which is next the mast.
- (nautical) The angle where the arm of an anchor is joined to the shank.
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- (shipbuilding) The inside of a timber knee.
- (botany) The orifice of a tubular organ; the outer end of the tube of a monopetalous corolla; the faux, or fauces.
- (gullet): esophagus (US), gullet, oesophagus (British)
- (windpipe): trachea, windpipe
- (narrow opening in a vessel): neck, bottleneck (of a bottle)
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- (obsolete) To utter in the throat; to mutter.
- to throat threats
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- (Britain, dialect, obsolete) To mow (beans, etc.) in a direction against their bending.