tranquilizer or tran·quil·liz·er [trang-kwuh-lahy-zer] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for tranquilizer on noun

  1. a person or thing that tranquilizes.
  2. a drug that has a sedative or calming effect without inducing sleep.
  3. antianxiety drug.
  4. antipsychotic(def 2).

Origin of tranquilizer First recorded in 1790–1800; tranquilize + -er1 Related Words for tranquilizer sedative, opiate, ataractic Examples from the Web for tranquilizer Contemporary Examples of tranquilizer

  • Another Tylenol and a tranquilizer three hours later don’t do the trick and the demons do a shock and awe attack.

    The Bag Lady Writes a Book

    Alexandra Penney

    February 19, 2010

  • Another Tylenol and a tranquilizer three hours later didn’t do the trick and the demons attacked in full force.

    The Bag Lady Papers, Part IV

    Alexandra Penney

    January 14, 2009

  • I’m down to a tranquilizer and a half a day and only a few are left.

    The Bag Lady Papers Cont’d

    Alexandra Penney

    December 22, 2008

  • Historical Examples of tranquilizer

  • 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 n.

    “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.

    tranquilizer in Medicine tranquilizer [trăng′kwə-līz′ər, trăn′-] n.

    1. Any of various drugs used to reduce tension or anxiety; an antianxiety agent.

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