- 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
Related Wordsmuzzle, constrain, choke, suppress, obstruct, shy, stifle, throttle, muffle, balk, quiet, repress, demur, curb, squash, deaden, squelch, restrain, still, stumble
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Nor had he spoken idly when he said the old man should be gagged.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The Mercutian glanced back at his bound and gagged prisoners.
Hilary would have laughed aloud his relief, but he was gagged.
I was in Gaza, gagged and bound; the Philistines hemmed me in.The Golden Age
He looked round at the strangers, and felt like a wretch who was gagged and might say nothing.A Son of Hagar
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- (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)
- 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 and History for gagged
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.