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
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
British Dictionary definitions for choke up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for choke up (2 of 2)
Derived Formschokeable, adjective
Word Origin for choke
Medicine definitions for choke up
Idioms and Phrases with choke up
Block a channel or other passage, as in Vegetation choked up the creek like a dam. [Late 1600s]
Be too emotional or upset to speak, as in She became so emotional about winning that she choked up and was unable to give an interview.
Become too nervous or tense in a critical situation to perform, as in He's fine during practice but in a match he tends to choke up. This usage, also put as to choke alone, is especially common in sports. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]