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  1. a wedge or block of wood, metal, or the like, for filling in a space, holding an object steady, etc.
  2. Nautical.
    1. any of various heavy metal fittings on a deck or wharf that serve as fairleads for cables or chains.
    2. a shaped support or cradle for a ship's boat, barrel, etc.
    3. a small wooden piece or timber for filling a gap, reinforcing an angle, etc., in a wooden vessel.
  3. Metalworking. a bearing supporting the end of a rolling mill.
  4. Mining. a roof support made of cribbing filled with stones.Compare cog3(def 2).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with or secure by a chock or chocks.
  2. Nautical. to place (a boat) upon chocks.
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  1. as close or tight as possible: chock against the edge.
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Origin of chock

Middle English < Anglo-French choque (compare modern Picard choke big log, Normandy dial. chouque), Old French çoche (French soche); of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for chocked

Historical Examples

  • Besides, I should be delighted to have him chocked into the tronk for ‘gun-running.’

    A Veldt Official

    Bertram Mitford

  • The idea of insinuating that you had stepped in fraudulently, and been the parasite which chocked her!

    Faithful Margaret

    Annie Ashmore

  • And, I guess, yer barns are chocked full of yer wheel gearing and implements.

  • And with this dire remark he grabbed at a sliding pot and chocked it off on top of the stove with a rolling rod.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace

  • Colville approached him and they stood side by side until "The Last Hope" was safely moored and chocked.

    The Last Hope

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for chocked


  1. a block or wedge of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
  2. nautical
    1. a fairlead consisting of a ringlike device with an opening at the top through which a rope is placed
    2. a cradle-like support for a boat, barrel, etc
  3. mountaineering See nut (def. 10)
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verb (tr)
  1. (usually foll by up) British to cram fullchocked up with newspapers
  2. to fit with or secure by a chock
  3. to support (a boat, barrel, etc) on chocks
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  1. as closely or tightly as possiblechock against the wall
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Word Origin

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French çoche log; compare Provençal soca tree stump
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Word Origin and History for chocked



1670s, "lumpy piece of wood," possibly from Old North French choque "a block" (Old French çoche "log," 12c.; Modern French souche "stump, stock, block"), from Gaulish *tsukka "a tree trunk, stump."

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"tightly, close up against," 1799, back formation from chock-full.

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