[ choh-king ]
/ ˈtʃoʊ kɪŋ /


(of the voice) husky and strained, especially because of emotion.
causing the feeling of being choked: a choking cloud of smoke.

Nearby words

  1. chokepoint,
  2. choker,
  3. choker-setter,
  4. chokes,
  5. chokey,
  6. chokingly,
  7. choko,
  8. choky,
  9. chol hamoed,
  10. chol-

Origin of choking

Related formschok·ing·ly, adverb

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 choking


/ (tʃəʊk) /



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 choking
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Medicine definitions for choking


[ chōk ]


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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