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
Synonyms for choke
Related Words for chokedclog, congest, drown, suffocate, kill, gag, gasp, strangle, stifle, fill, obstruct, close, check, overpower, suppress, noose, occlude, asphyxiate, dam, stop
Examples from the Web for choked
Contemporary Examples of choked
He started drinking heavily, and choked her, threatened her with a knife, and even tried pushing her out of a moving car.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
She had been choked unconscious and very likely would have died had a passerby not scared away her attacker.The Math That Keeps Helping College Rapists
October 3, 2014
But watching that movie, I get emotional, I get choked up, my wife makes fun of me.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz
September 16, 2014
In the morning I stumbled down the staircase and choked down a chunky breakfast smoothie.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
Despondent, she choked back sobs when she saw other women with babies.‘Designer’ Babies Are Only for the Rich
July 7, 2014
Historical Examples of choked
"There's nothing you could do that I couldn't forgive," he said in a choked voice.The Incomplete Amorist
John could have choked him, but he answered: "Yes, it is seraphic."The Gentleman From Indiana
I was suffocated with it, and I choked and laughed till the tears came.My Double Life
Here I burst into a fit of crying which I choked as much as I could.Wilfrid Cumbermede
There was much Parker wanted to say, but he choked the words back.
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.