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[choh-ker] /ˈtʃoʊ kər/
a person or thing that chokes.
a necklace that fits snugly around the neck.
a neckcloth or high collar.
a chain or cable used to haul logs from the woods.
Origin of choker
First recorded in 1545-55; choke + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The wire of the choker, fig. 24, should be about 1⁄16 of an inch thick.

  • He wears no neckcloth, but surrounds his throat with a choker.

  • After all it was foolhardy, and he felt it; but he was past the stopping now, and he pulled the choker to the limit.

    The Nerve of Foley Frank H. Spearman
  • His suit was of bleached linen, his shirt bosom, choker and spotless cravat, all the color of snow.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • After a moments scrutiny she said, Its a fairly good fur, and its the latest style; what they call a choker.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • Now cut two short poles for the forks to lay in from side to side of the path, being in the same direction as the choker.

    Deadfalls and Snares A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • But then you know a mind that exhausts all its energy in the production of a “choker,” however remarkable, cannot be a great one.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • Thus on March 12, we subdued her with a choker, restrained her with ropes, replaced her collar and released her just after sunset.

  • As a result his bows were stiff affairs, nor could he bend his head to any great extent on account of the high "choker" collar.

British Dictionary definitions for choker


a woman's high collar, popular esp in the late 19th century
any neckband or necklace worn tightly around the throat
a high clerical collar; stock
a person who chokes
something that causes a person to choke
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Word Origin and History for choker

1550s, "one who chokes," agent noun from choke (v.). From 1848 as "large neckerchief;" as a kind of necklace, 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for choker



  1. Anything worn about the neck, such as a collar or necktie (1840s+)
  2. A short necklace (1920s+)
  3. A person who becomes ineffective because of tension or anxiety: Still, Jansen can't forget the sting of being called a ''choker'' (1980s+)

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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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