tranquilizer or tran·quil·liz·er [trang-kwuh-lahy-zer] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- a person or thing that tranquilizes.
- a drug that has a sedative or calming effect without inducing sleep.
- antianxiety drug.
- 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.
February 19, 2010
Another Tylenol and a tranquilizer three hours later didn’t do the trick and the demons attacked in full force.
January 14, 2009
I’m down to a tranquilizer and a half a day and only a few are left.
December 22, 2008
Historical Examples of tranquilizer
There might be something in it that could help—a tranquilizer perhaps.
I suggest that you stretch your legs in the park and feed the swans as a tranquilizer.
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.
- Any of various drugs used to reduce tension or anxiety; an antianxiety agent.