deep throat


often capitalized D&T
: an informant who divulges damaging information under cover of anonymity

Examples of deep throat in a Sentence

an accountant who had turned deep throat, he was the first to leak the information that the company had been cooking its books for years

Word History


from the nickname given to such an informant in the Watergate scandal by Bob Woodward born 1943 U.S. journalist, from the title of a pornographic film (1972)

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deep throat was in 1976

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Cite this Entry

“Deep throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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