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  1. a person or thing that chokes.
  2. a necklace that fits snugly around the neck.
  3. a neckcloth or high collar.
  4. a chain or cable used to haul logs from the woods.

Origin of choker

First recorded in 1545–55; choke + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for choker

Contemporary Examples of choker

Historical Examples of choker

  • The wire of the choker, fig. 24, should be about 1⁄16 of an inch thick.

  • He wears no neckcloth, but surrounds his throat with a choker.

  • After all it was foolhardy, and he felt it; but he was past the stopping now, and he pulled the choker to the limit.

    The Nerve of Foley

    Frank H. Spearman

  • His suit was of bleached linen, his shirt bosom, choker and spotless cravat, all the color of snow.

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

  • After a moments scrutiny she said, Its a fairly good fur, and its the latest style; what they call a choker.

    The Luminous Face

    Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for choker


  1. a woman's high collar, popular esp in the late 19th century
  2. any neckband or necklace worn tightly around the throat
  3. a high clerical collar; stock
  4. a person who chokes
  5. something that causes a person to choke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for choker

1550s, "one who chokes," agent noun from choke (v.). From 1848 as "large neckerchief;" as a kind of necklace, 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper