gag

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verb (used with object), gagged, gag·ging.

verb (used without object), gagged, gag·ging.

to retch or choke.

noun


Nearby words

  1. gaffer,
  2. gaffer tape,
  3. gaffle,
  4. gaffney,
  5. gaffsail,
  6. gag law,
  7. gag order,
  8. gag reflex,
  9. gag rule,
  10. gag rules

Origin of gag

1
1400–50; late Middle English gaggen to suffocate; perhaps imitative of the sound made in choking

gag

2
[gag]Informal.

noun

a joke, especially one introduced into a script or an actor's part.
any contrived piece of wordplay or horseplay.

verb (used without object), gagged, gag·ging.

to tell jokes or make amusing remarks.
to introduce gags in acting.
to play on another's credulity, as by telling false stories.

verb (used with object), gagged, gag·ging.

to introduce usually comic interpolations into (a script, an actor's part, or the like) (usually followed by up).

Origin of gag

2
1770–80; perhaps special use of gag1; compare Old Norse gagg yelp

gag

3
[gag]

noun, plural (especially collectively) gag, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gags.

a serranid game fish, Mycteroperca microlepsis, found along the southeastern coast of the U.S.
any of several related fishes.

Origin of gag

3
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for gag

gag

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verb gags, gagging or gagged

(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

noun

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

C15 gaggen; perhaps imitative of a gasping sound

noun

a joke or humorous story, esp one told by a professional comedian
a hoax, practical joke, etche did it for a gag

verb gags, gagging or gagged

(intr) to tell jokes or funny stories, as comedians in nightclubs, etc
(often foll by up) theatre
  1. to interpolate lines or business not in the actor's stage part, usually comic and improvised
  2. to perform a stage jest, either spoken or based on movement

Word Origin for gag

C19: perhaps special use of gag 1

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Word Origin and History for gag
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Medicine definitions for gag

gag

[găg]

v.

To choke, retch, or undergo a regurgitative spasm.
To prevent from talking.

n.

An instrument adjusted between the teeth to keep the mouth from closing during operations in the mouth or throat.

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