Origin of chokes
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 chokesclog, congest, drown, suffocate, kill, gag, gasp, strangle, stifle, fill, obstruct, close, check, overpower, suppress, noose, occlude, asphyxiate, dam, stop
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Contemporary Examples of chokes
Its insidious reach enters into medical offices and chokes off the free-speech rights of the people trying to work there.Pediatricians Have the Right to Ask About Guns
July 30, 2014
She reluctantly gulps it down, chokes, and allows little rivers of green juice to dribble from the corner of her mouth.Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism?
May 22, 2014
Exhausted from the chronic pain that pulsates through her body day and night, she chokes up on the phone.New Jersey Patients in Pain Over Scarcity of Medical Marijuana
February 7, 2013
After further agitation, Innis chokes Metzger and mayhem ensues.10 Live TV Brawls (VIDEO)
July 15, 2012
Walt actually takes the bike lock and chokes Krazy-8 (Maximinio Arciniega) with it.Bryan Cranston Picks 13 Favorite ‘Breaking Bad’ Moments
July 12, 2012
Historical Examples of chokes
It's like chewing dough—it sticks in your throat and chokes you.The Manxman
It only hurries the respiration, and chokes the pulmonary vessels.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
When it comes to putting his hand in his pocket—it chokes him off.Falk
If the vapour gets into his lungs, it chokes as well as nauseates.Wild Animals at Home
Ernest Thompson Seton
The laughing-fit and the chokes got hold of me again, and I had to stop.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
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.