Definition of Taser in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtāzər/


A weapon firing barbs attached by wires to batteries, causing temporary paralysis.
Example sentences
  • The weapon was a taser, a stun gun that temporarily numbs your body with 50,000 volts of energy.
  • There was pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, and you know, stuff like that.
  • If you want to arm pilots, it would be much smarter to give them billy clubs or tasers.


(taser or tase) [with object]
Fire a Taser at (someone) in order to incapacitate them temporarily.
Example sentences
  • And hey, if they get out of line, they can always taser them into submission.
  • Get out of the car, if you walk, otherwise I'm going to taser you.
  • The police must have felt overwhelmed and would naturally need to taser the groom or risk having to use deadly force instead.


1970s: from the initial letters of Tom Swift's electric rifle (a fictitious weapon), on the pattern of laser.

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Syllabification: Ta·ser

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