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.
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Origin of choke
OTHER WORDS FROM chokechoke·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·choke, verb (used with object), in·ter·choked, in·ter·chok·ing.un·choke·a·ble, adjectiveun·choked, adjective
Words nearby choke
British Dictionary definitions for choke off
Derived forms of chokechokeable, adjective
Word Origin for choke
Medical definitions for choke off
Idioms and Phrases with choke off
Put a stop to, throttle, as in Higher interest rates are choking off the real estate boom. [Early 1800s]
Stop someone from speaking or complaining, as in Throughout the debate the congressman had to be choked off to give the other candidate a chance to speak. [Slang; late 1800s]