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 up (1 of 2)

choke up


verb (tr, adverb)

to block (a drain, pipe, etc) completely
informal (usually passive) to overcome (a person) with emotion, esp without due cause

British Dictionary definitions for choke up (2 of 2)

choke

/ (tʃəʊk) /

verb

noun

Derived Formschokeable, adjective

Word Origin for choke

Old English ācēocian, of Germanic origin; related to cheek
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Medicine definitions for choke up

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 up

choke up


1

Block a channel or other passage, as in Vegetation choked up the creek like a dam. [Late 1600s]

2

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.

3

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]

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