or chock-a-block

[ chok-uh-blok ]
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  1. extremely full; crowded; jammed: a room chockablock with furniture and plants.

  2. Nautical. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.

  1. in a crowded manner: books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.

Origin of chockablock

First recorded in 1790–1800; chock (in the sense wedge) + -a- connnecting vowel that is probably a reduced form of and + block (in the sense solid mass of wood) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chockablock in a sentence

  • The place was chock-a-block with rough-looking men, either looking on or playing the games.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • The streets of the little town were simply chock-a-block with troops which were pouring into it from converging roads.

  • "Then, if it is true we'll find the Cavarale chock-a-block with British prisoners," said Dacres.

    The Dreadnought of the Air | Percy F. Westerman
  • A company came on board the Scourge, and they filled us chock-a-block.

    Ned Myers | James Fenimore Cooper
  • The big Ravine and all the small nullahs are chock-a-block with corpses.

British Dictionary definitions for chock-a-block


adjective, adverb
  1. filled to capacity; in a crammed state

  2. nautical with the blocks brought close together, as when a tackle is pulled as tight as possible

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