General English


  • A groove cut in the underside of an exterior projecting piece, such as a sill or coping, to prevent water running back across the underside to a wall. See also chimney throat.
  • The thinnest part supporting a stair stringer.
  • The thinnest area of concrete stairs— between the intersection of the back of the tread and bottom of the riser and the underside of the soffit.
  • The thinnest part of a weld.
  • The opening in a wood plane hand tool where the shavings pass through.


  • noun the central upper part of the face of the bat where the splice meets the blade
    Citation ‘The ball looped from the throat of the bat and Athey dived forward at slip to catch the ball inches from the ground’ (Paul Fitzpatrick, Guardian 31 May 1983)


  • For a device such as a horn, the opening with the smaller cross section. The mouth (2) is that with the larger cross section.


  • noun the top part of the tube which goes down from the mouth to the stomach


  • noun a swot, in preppie jargon. This is one of many synonyms used by US adolescents for a tedious, conscientious and/or unpopular fellow-student; grind, squid and pencil geek are others. This term probably derives from ‘cut-throat (competitor)’.

Origin & History of “throat”

Throat comes from a prehistoric Germanic base *thrut- or *thrūt-. this also produced Old English thrūtian ‘swell’, and a related base *strut- was the source of the now defunct middle English strouten ‘bulge, swell’ (not to mention Dutch strot ‘throat’), so it has been speculated that the underlying etymological meaning of throat is ‘swollen part’ – an allusion no doubt to the bulge of the Adam’s apple. Throttle (14th c.) is probably a derivative of throat.