Nearby words

  1. choirboy,
  2. choirgirl,
  3. choirmaster,
  4. choiseul,
  5. chokage,
  6. choke back,
  7. choke chain,
  8. choke coil,
  9. choke collar,
  10. choke off

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for choked



British informal annoyed or disappointed



(tr) to hinder or stop the breathing of (a person or animal), esp by constricting the windpipe or by asphyxiation
(intr) to have trouble or fail in breathing, swallowing, or speaking
(tr) to block or clog up (a passage, pipe, street, etc)
(tr) to retard the growth or action ofthe weeds are choking my plants
(tr) to suppress (emotion)she choked her anger
(intr) slang to die
(tr) to enrich the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply to (a carburettor, petrol engine, etc)
(intr) (esp in sport) to be seized with tension and fail to perform well


the act or sound of choking
a device in the carburettor of a petrol engine that enriches the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply
any constriction or mechanism for reducing the flow of a fluid in a pipe, tube, etc
Also called: choke coil electronics an inductor having a relatively high impedance, used to prevent the passage of high frequencies or to smooth the output of a rectifier
the inedible centre of the head of an artichoke

Derived Formschokeable, adjective

Word Origin for choke

Old English ācēocian, of Germanic origin; related to cheek

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Word Origin and History for choked
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Medicine definitions for choked




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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