Overcome by emotion, Brown choked up while trying to sing and eventually fell to his knees.
In the morning I stumbled down the staircase and choked down a chunky breakfast smoothie.
Her voice was shrill with disbelief and choked with grief as she spoke to someone on her cell phone in Fujianese.
I never cried, though I did get choked up over the next few days.
But watching that movie, I get emotional, I get choked up, my wife makes fun of me.
It is a bad end for thee, Eric: to be choked in snow, and with all thy deeds to do.
This did not spoil the garden much, all choked now with long weeds.
Then abruptly they failed, as if the night, wearied with their importunity, had fallen upon the speakers and choked them.
It was only at the brow of the ridge, where the undergrowth had choked up the way.
She saw the other little figure, and then again the faint, choked whisper came sounding up to her ears.
c.1300, transitive, "to strangle;" late 14c., "to make to suffocate," of persons as well as swallowed objects, a shortening of acheken (c.1200), from Old English aceocian "to choke, suffocate" (with intensive a-), probably from root of ceoke "jaw, cheek" (see cheek (n.)).
Intransitive sense from c.1400. Meaning "gasp for breath" is from early 15c. Figurative use from c.1400, in early use often with reference to weeds stifling the growth of useful plants (a Biblical image). Meaning "to fail in the clutch" is attested by 1976, American English. Related: Choked; choking. Choke-cherry (1785) supposedly so called for its astringent qualities. Johnson also has choke-pear "Any aspersion or sarcasm, by which another person is put to silence." Choked up "overcome with emotion and unable to speak" is attested by 1896. The baseball batting sense is by 1907.
1560s, "quinsy," from choke (v.). Meaning "action of choking" is from 1839. Meaning "valve which controls air to a carburetor" first recorded 1926.
v. choked, chok·ing, chokes
To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
To become ineffective because of tension or anxiety; choke up: I studied all night for my test and I totally choked (1980s+)