[chok-foo l, chuhk-]


full to the limit; crammed.

Also chock-ful, chuck-full, choke-full.

Origin of chock-full

1350–1400; Middle English chokke-fulle, equivalent to chokke (< ?) + fulle full1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chockful

Historical Examples of chockful

  • She knows she's as quick as chain lightning, and she's chockful of confidence.

    Hope Hathaway

    Frances Parker

  • He had brought off one bargain with a smartness that his father vaguely resented, and Davey was chockful of boyish pride over.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • At the far end of the market is the river Thames; and on the river Thames there is a ship or two chockful of fish.

  • Roger, did you ever see a town so chockful of people that you have to laugh over one minute and cry over the next?

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for chockful


choke-full or chuck-full


(postpositive) completely full

Word Origin for chock-full

C17 choke-full; see choke, full
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Word Origin and History for chockful



c.1400, chokkeful "crammed full," possibly from choke "cheek" (see cheek (n.)). Or it may be from Old French choquier "collide, crash, hit" (13c., Modern French choquer), which is probably from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch schokken; see shock (n.1)).

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