Origin of choking
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
Examples from the Web for choking
We see a system that will indict a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen.
Another video that went viral showed Blanc choking women in Tokyo.
“Raising the Turkish flag was very healing for me, and I think a little for Turkey as well,” says Hayes, choking up a bit.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler|Marlow Stern|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Parkes managed to gasp through the choking, “Is there something wrong with the money?”Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy: How Gangsters and Kurt Cobain Made It London’s Top Music Venue|Tom Sykes|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“His language in the hearing” to describe the choking “was that it was a ‘gentle caress,’” Sclove remembered.
She knew he, too, suffered, and she waited quietly as he dried his eyes and recovered his choking breath.The Secret of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
"I'm afraid we can't afford quite so much," said Anne, choking back her disappointment.Anne Of The Island|Lucy Maud Montgomery
It was really but a second before he knew that his wife's fingers, strong and unflinching, were choking the beast from him.Friendship and Folly|Maria Louise Pool
He felt a choking sensation in the throat; he had never before been struck unjustly.Digby Heathcote|W.H.G. Kingston
Billy tried to speak, but instead of words, there came only a choking sob.Miss Billy's Decision|Eleanor H. Porter
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.