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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 chockful
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  • She knows she's as quick as chain lightning, and she's chockful of confidence.

    Hope Hathaway Frances Parker
  • He had brought off one bargain with a smartness that his father vaguely resented, and Davey was chockful of boyish pride over.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • At the far end of the market is the river Thames; and on the river Thames there is a ship or two chockful of fish.

  • Roger, did you ever see a town so chockful of people that you have to laugh over one minute and cry over the next?

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for chockful


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



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 chockful



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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