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[chok-foo l, chuhk-] /ˈtʃɒkˈfʊl, ˈtʃʌk-/
full to the limit; crammed.
Also, chock-ful, chuck-full, choke-full.
Origin of chock-full
1350-1400; Middle English chokke-fulle, equivalent to chokke (< ?) + fulle full1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chock-full
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  • That pipe's been up so long that I wouldn't wonder if 'twas chock-full of soot.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And besides, he would get his whiskers all chock-full of honey.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • The spirit atmosphere in which we live is full, chock-full, of cross-currents.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • He says they are chock-full of rabbits; but I don't believe him, for he never catches any.

  • The ground was chock-full of big roots, and we hadn't time to remove them.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • The refreshment-room also was chock-full and buzzed with loud, laughing voices.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
British Dictionary definitions for chock-full


(postpositive) completely full
Word Origin
C17 choke-full; see choke, full
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Word Origin and History for chock-full

c.1400, chokkeful "crammed full," possibly from choke "cheek" (see cheek (n.)). Or it may be from Old French choquier "collide, crash, hit" (13c., Modern French choquer), which is probably from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch schokken; see shock (n.1)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for chock-full



Absolutely full; crammed; chockablock

[perhaps 1400+, certainly 1751+; origin uncertain; perhaps ''full to the point of choking'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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