- to stop up the mouth of (a person) by putting something in it, thus preventing speech, shouts, etc.
- to restrain by force or authority from freedom of speech; silence.
- to fasten open the jaws of, as in surgical operations.
- to cause to retch or choke.
- Metalworking. to straighten or bend (a bar, rail, etc.) with a gag.
- to retch or choke.
- something put into a person's mouth to prevent speech, shouting, etc.
- any forced or arbitrary suppression of freedom of speech.
- a surgical instrument for holding the jaws open.
- Metalworking. a shaped block of steel used with a press to straighten or bend a bar, rail, etc.
Origin of gag1
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- a joke, especially one introduced into a script or an actor's part.
- any contrived piece of wordplay or horseplay.
- to tell jokes or make amusing remarks.
- to introduce gags in acting.
- to play on another's credulity, as by telling false stories.
- to introduce usually comic interpolations into (a script, an actor's part, or the like) (usually followed by up).
Origin of gag2
Examples from the Web for gagging
Or maybe Alibaba is doing what other companies are doing in China: gagging itself and its customers to appease the apparatchiks.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
The gagging can be extreme, even when patients are relaxed and cooperating by swallowing repeatedly during the procedure.Gitmo Prisoner Force-Feeding Violates Medical Ethics
Nuriel Moghavem, Marty Makary
July 21, 2013
Valle allegedly admitted he would “really get off knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet, and gagging her.”Seven Most Shocking Revelations about Gilberto Valle, NYPD’s Cannibal Cop
October 25, 2012
I am gagging here, somewhat, at having to state the blessedly obvious.Michelle Obama's Power Trip
October 7, 2010
I am gagging as I struggle to find a way to pay what I owe for gas and electric.The Bag Lady Returns
March 4, 2009
Why then, Father John, not to tell you a lie, it is because you do be going on with your gagging at me so.The Macdermots of Ballycloran</p>
From this it will be seen that the art of gagging can hardly be considered to be modern.The Heritage of Dress
Wilfred Mark Webb
Then, somewhere in the crowd, I heard him choking and gagging.The Great Quest
Charles Boardman Hawes
By destroying the liberties of the people in gagging their representatives.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
This result they promote by gagging the patient with a stick.
- (tr) to stop up (a person's mouth), esp with a piece of cloth, etc, to prevent him or her from speaking or crying out
- (tr) to suppress or censor (free expression, information, etc)
- to retch or cause to retch
- (intr) to struggle for breath; choke
- (tr) to hold (the jaws) of (a person or animal) apart with a surgical gag
- (tr) to apply a gag-bit to (a horse)
- be gagging for or be gagging to slang to be very eager to have or do something
- a piece of cloth, rope, etc, stuffed into or tied across the mouth
- any restraint on or suppression of information, free speech, etc
- a surgical device for keeping the jaws apart, as during a tonsillectomy
- parliamentary procedure another word for closure (def. 4)
- a joke or humorous story, esp one told by a professional comedian
- a hoax, practical joke, etche did it for a gag
- (intr) to tell jokes or funny stories, as comedians in nightclubs, etc
- (often foll by up) theatre
- to interpolate lines or business not in the actor's stage part, usually comic and improvised
- to perform a stage jest, either spoken or based on movement
Word Origin and History for gagging
mid-15c., "to choke, strangle," possibly imitative or influenced by Old Norse gaghals "with head thrown back." The sense of "stop a person's mouth" is first attested c.1500. Related: Gagged; gagging.
"joke," 1863, probably related to theatrical sense of "matter interpolated in a written piece by the actor" (1847); or from the sense "made-up story" (1805); or from slang verbal sense of "to deceive, take in with talk" (1777), all perhaps on notion of "stuff, fill" (see gag (v.)).
"act of gagging," 1550s, from gag (v.); figurative use from 1620s.
- To choke, retch, or undergo a regurgitative spasm.
- To prevent from talking.
- An instrument adjusted between the teeth to keep the mouth from closing during operations in the mouth or throat.