verb (used with object), choked, chok·ing.
verb (used without object), choked, chok·ing.
- to become or cause to become speechless, as from the effect of emotion or stress: She choked up over the sadness of the tale.
- to become too tense or nervous to perform well: Our team began to choke up in the last inning.
Origin of choke
Synonyms for choke
Related Words for chokeclog, congest, drown, suffocate, kill, gag, gasp, strangle, stifle, fill, obstruct, close, check, overpower, suppress, noose, occlude, asphyxiate, dam, stop
Examples from the Web for choke
Contemporary Examples of choke
He then began to choke her, and as she lost consciousness it must have seemed that his might be the last face she would ever see.The Girls Who Were Taken Before Hannah Graham
September 30, 2014
According to their friend, producer/filmmaker Choke No Joke, it was over a mutual flame.Did Beyoncé Just Accuse Jay Z of Cheating?
July 2, 2014
Shiomura continued to speak even though she had to choke back tears at one point.Japanese Parliament to Women: Breed, Don't Lead
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
June 22, 2014
A new Kimberley Process working group to monitor CAR might help focus attention on the guilty and choke the diamond flow.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants
May 25, 2014
Banks must then ‘choke off’ those customers' access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.The Banks’ War on Porn Stars
Richard Abowitz, Marlow Stern
May 7, 2014
Historical Examples of choke
The touch, the choke in her voice, brought about Viviette's downfall.Viviette
William J. Locke
I am weary of the earth-damps; they burden me; they choke me!Other Tales and Sketches
Cornelius was in fits of laughter, which he scarcely tried to choke.Weighed and Wanting
If we don't do something, I'll go in and choke the truth out of that old reprobate.The Inn at the Red Oak
I have been running, and the words seem to choke me as I speak.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Word Origin for choke
c.1300, transitive, "to strangle;" late 14c., "to make to suffocate," of persons as well as swallowed objects, a shortening of acheken (c.1200), from Old English aceocian "to choke, suffocate" (with intensive a-), probably from root of ceoke "jaw, cheek" (see cheek (n.)).
Intransitive sense from c.1400. Meaning "gasp for breath" is from early 15c. Figurative use from c.1400, in early use often with reference to weeds stifling the growth of useful plants (a Biblical image). Meaning "to fail in the clutch" is attested by 1976, American English. Related: Choked; choking. Choke-cherry (1785) supposedly so called for its astringent qualities. Johnson also has choke-pear "Any aspersion or sarcasm, by which another person is put to silence." Choked up "overcome with emotion and unable to speak" is attested by 1896. The baseball batting sense is by 1907.
1560s, "quinsy," from choke (v.). Meaning "action of choking" is from 1839. Meaning "valve which controls air to a carburetor" first recorded 1926.