Nearby words

  1. choirboy,
  2. choirgirl,
  3. choirmaster,
  4. choiseul,
  5. chokage,
  6. choke back,
  7. choke chain,
  8. choke coil,
  9. choke collar,
  10. choke off

Origin of choke

1150–1200; Middle English choken, cheken, variant of achoken, acheken, Old English ācēocian to suffocate; akin to Old Norse kōk gullet

Related formschoke·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·choke, verb (used with object), in·ter·choked, in·ter·chok·ing.un·choke·a·ble, adjectiveun·choked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for choke back

choke back

choke down

verb

(tr, adverb) to suppress (anger, tears, etc)

choke

/ (tʃəʊk) /

verb

noun


Derived Formschokeable, adjective

Word Origin for choke

Old English ācēocian, of Germanic origin; related to cheek

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Word Origin and History for choke back
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Medicine definitions for choke back

choke

[ chōk ]

v.

To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.

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Idioms and Phrases with choke back

choke back

Suppress, as in He choked back his tears. [Late 1800s]

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