- to stop up the mouth of (a person) by putting something in it, thus preventing speech, shouts, etc.
- to restrain by force or authority from freedom of speech; silence.
- to fasten open the jaws of, as in surgical operations.
- to cause to retch or choke.
- Metalworking. to straighten or bend (a bar, rail, etc.) with a gag.
- to retch or choke.
- something put into a person's mouth to prevent speech, shouting, etc.
- any forced or arbitrary suppression of freedom of speech.
- a surgical instrument for holding the jaws open.
- Metalworking. a shaped block of steel used with a press to straighten or bend a bar, rail, etc.
Origin of gag1
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- a joke, especially one introduced into a script or an actor's part.
- any contrived piece of wordplay or horseplay.
- to tell jokes or make amusing remarks.
- to introduce gags in acting.
- to play on another's credulity, as by telling false stories.
- to introduce usually comic interpolations into (a script, an actor's part, or the like) (usually followed by up).
Origin of gag2
- a serranid game fish, Mycteroperca microlepsis, found along the southeastern coast of the U.S.
- any of several related fishes.
Origin of gag3
Related Words for gagtrick, hoax, wisecrack, quip, ruse, muzzle, constrain, choke, suppress, witticism, wile, drollery, jest, crack, obstruct, shy, stifle, throttle, muffle, balk
Examples from the Web for gag
Contemporary Examples of gag
But when a serial sex predator is playing fanboy, the gag reflex kicks in.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
They obtained a gag order against the defendant and his lawyers restricting what they could say about the case for several months.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”
Kevin M. Gallagher
December 15, 2014
And bonus points for the school bus that burst into flames with the comic timing of a Simpsons gag.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
In the convention, Washington scrupulously followed the gag rule, so his thoughts on the proceedings are somewhat unknown.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
“We blew up an entire planet, just for a Doofenshmirtz gag,” laughs Povenmire.‘Phineas and Ferb’ Pilot Disney’s Premier Voyage into ‘Star Wars’
July 25, 2014
Historical Examples of gag
There's no excuse for your talking such stuff as that, and you're not going to do it, if I have to gag you!Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"I don't know," the Viceroy said shortly, working the gag out of his mouth.Slaves of Mercury
We bind and gag the Duke, and we convey him with all speed and quiet out of Bridgwater.Mistress Wilding
The poison story had been a gag to make him think he had outwitted Domber.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
The glittering fisherlady could not bind and gag the bait and drop her into his mouth.The Paliser case
- (tr) to stop up (a person's mouth), esp with a piece of cloth, etc, to prevent him or her from speaking or crying out
- (tr) to suppress or censor (free expression, information, etc)
- to retch or cause to retch
- (intr) to struggle for breath; choke
- (tr) to hold (the jaws) of (a person or animal) apart with a surgical gag
- (tr) to apply a gag-bit to (a horse)
- be gagging for or be gagging to slang to be very eager to have or do something
- a piece of cloth, rope, etc, stuffed into or tied across the mouth
- any restraint on or suppression of information, free speech, etc
- a surgical device for keeping the jaws apart, as during a tonsillectomy
- parliamentary procedure another word for closure (def. 4)
Word Origin for gag
- a joke or humorous story, esp one told by a professional comedian
- a hoax, practical joke, etche did it for a gag
- (intr) to tell jokes or funny stories, as comedians in nightclubs, etc
- (often foll by up) theatre
- to interpolate lines or business not in the actor's stage part, usually comic and improvised
- to perform a stage jest, either spoken or based on movement
Word Origin for gag
mid-15c., "to choke, strangle," possibly imitative or influenced by Old Norse gaghals "with head thrown back." The sense of "stop a person's mouth" is first attested c.1500. Related: Gagged; gagging.
"joke," 1863, probably related to theatrical sense of "matter interpolated in a written piece by the actor" (1847); or from the sense "made-up story" (1805); or from slang verbal sense of "to deceive, take in with talk" (1777), all perhaps on notion of "stuff, fill" (see gag (v.)).
"act of gagging," 1550s, from gag (v.); figurative use from 1620s.
- To choke, retch, or undergo a regurgitative spasm.
- To prevent from talking.
- An instrument adjusted between the teeth to keep the mouth from closing during operations in the mouth or throat.