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.
- choke back,
- choke chain,
- choke coil,
- choke collar,
- choke off
Origin of choke
Examples from the Web for choked
He started drinking heavily, and choked her, threatened her with a knife, and even tried pushing her out of a moving car.
She had been choked unconscious and very likely would have died had a passerby not scared away her attacker.
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|Kevin Fallon|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the morning I stumbled down the staircase and choked down a chunky breakfast smoothie.
Despondent, she choked back sobs when she saw other women with babies.
Sure, I'd be smothered and choked up with the water, to say nothing of being drowned!Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry|William Butler Yeats
He looked down through the transparent nose of the copter at a town, now choked with trees that grew among the tumbled walls.The Return|H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
He sought in the choked underpart for their coverings, but could not find them there.Frey and His Wife|Maurice Henry Hewlett
Millard made an effort to say more, but his utterance was choked.The Faith Doctor|Edward Eggleston
He choked, recovered himself, and continued: "Disreputable quarters of Algiers—hem———"The Mission Of Mr. Eustace Greyne|Robert Hichens
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.