verb (used with object)

to furnish with or secure by a chock or chocks.
Nautical. to place (a boat) upon chocks.


as close or tight as possible: chock against the edge.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chocking

Historical Examples of chocking

  • He floundered out in mighty jumps and came swinging along the shore, chocking and grunting fiercely.

    Wood Folk at School

    William J. Long

  • Mark you this,and leaning over, he took from one of the guns a chocking quoin of hickory-wood banded with copper.

British Dictionary definitions for chocking



a block or wedge of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
  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
mountaineering See nut (def. 10)

verb (tr)

(usually foll by up) British to cram fullchocked up with newspapers
to fit with or secure by a chock
to support (a boat, barrel, etc) on chocks


as closely or tightly as possiblechock against the wall

Word Origin for chock

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 chocking



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."



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

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