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.
- choke back,
- choke chain,
- choke coil,
- choke collar,
- choke off
Origin of choke
Examples from the Web for 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.
According to their friend, producer/filmmaker Choke No Joke, it was over a mutual flame.
Shiomura continued to speak even though she had to choke back tears at one point.
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|Christopher Day|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Banks must then ‘choke off’ those customers' access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.
Then he endeavoured to hum a tune; but his voice seemed to choke him.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
Somehow my heart seemed to rise up into my throat and choke me--we had accomplished it!Love Under Fire|Randall Parrish
I had never heard his voice so wonderfully beautiful before; but, my stars, the sadness of it made me choke!Friar Tuck|Robert Alexander Wason
He must speak out to the nations; he must unbusm himself, as Jeames would say, or choke and die.The Book of Snobs|William Makepeace Thackeray
He would have preferred to choke him, but valets were not commonly choked in the presence of young ladies.Good References|E. J. Rath
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.