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
Synonyms for choke
Related Words for chokingclog, congest, drown, suffocate, kill, gag, gasp, strangle, stifle, fill, obstruct, close, check, overpower, suppress, noose, occlude, asphyxiate, dam, stop
Examples from the Web for choking
Contemporary Examples of 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.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Another video that went viral showed Blanc choking women in Tokyo.‘Pick-Up Artist’ to Be Banned from UK
November 19, 2014
“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
November 14, 2014
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
September 29, 2014
“His language in the hearing” to describe the choking “was that it was a ‘gentle caress,’” Sclove remembered.Is Sex Assault a Crime in the Ivy League?
May 10, 2014
Historical Examples of choking
But I could not speak; I could only gape, choking and giddy.The Bacillus of Beauty
How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?'Little Dorrit
He tried to loosen his neck-band; it seemed to be choking him.The Gentleman From Indiana
(aside to her son) Choking the cratur is with the words he can't get out.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Choking, he managed with numbed fingers to screw his helmet on.Pirates of the Gorm
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.