- The definition of choke is to cut off oxygen, to be unable to breath, to block something, to become unable to perform at a crucial point.
- When you strangle someone, this is an example of when you choke him.
- When you swallow wrong and you cannot breathe, this is an example of when you choke.
- When traffic clogs the roads and makes driving impossible, this is an example of when traffic chokes the road.
- When you make a mistake in a crucial moment in a sports event because you are nervous, this is an example of when you choke.
A woman pretends to choke her friend.
transitive verbchoked, choking
- to prevent from breathing by blocking the windpipe or squeezing the throat of; strangle; suffocate; smother; stifle
- to block up; obstruct by clogging
- to hinder the growth or action of; smother; suppress
- to fill up
- to cut off some air from the carburetor of (a gasoline engine) in order to make a richer gasoline mixture
- ☆ to hold (a bat, golf club, etc.) away from the end of the handle and closer toward the middle
Origin of chokeMiddle English choken, aphetic ; from Old English transitive verb aceocian, to choke, probably ; from base of ceoke, jaw, cheek
- to be suffocated; have difficulty in breathing
- to be blocked up; be obstructed
- to become strained with emotion: a choked voice
- Informal to be unable to perform efficiently, as in a sporting event, because of tension, strong emotion, etc.
- the act of choking; strangulation
- a sound of choking
- the valve that chokes a carburetor
- a constriction, as in a chokebore
- to block up; clog
- to fill too full
- choke (): often with on
- ☆ Informal to be unable to speak, act efficiently, etc., as because of fear, strong emotion, tension, etc.
verbchoked choked, chok·ing, chokes
- To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
- a. To check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of: a garden that was choked by weeds.b. To block up or obstruct by filling or clogging: Mud choked the drainpipe.c. To fill up completely; jam: Major commuter arteries were choked with stalled traffic.
- To reduce the air intake of (a carburetor), thereby enriching the fuel mixture.
- Sports To grip (a bat or racket, for example) at a point nearer the hitting surface.
- To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
- To become blocked up or obstructed.
- Sports To shorten one's grip on the handle of a bat or racket. Often used with up.
- To fail to perform effectively because of nervous agitation or tension, especially in an athletic contest: choked by missing an easy putt on the final hole.
- The act or sound of choking.
- a. Something that constricts or chokes.b. A slight narrowing of the barrel of a shotgun serving to concentrate the shot.
- A device used in an internal-combustion engine to enrich the fuel mixture by reducing the flow of air to the carburetor.
- The fibrous inedible center of an artichoke head.
Origin of chokeMiddle English choken, short for achoken, from Old English āceōcian : ā-, intensive pref. + cēoce, cēace, jaw, cheek.
(third-person singular simple present chokes, present participle choking, simple past and past participle choked)
- (intransitive) To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.
- To prevent someone from breathing by strangling or filling the windpipe.
- To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up.
- to choke a cave passage with boulders and mud
- To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle.
- (intransitive, fluid mechanics, of a duct) to reach a condition of maximum flowrate, due to the flow at the narrowest point of the duct becoming sonic (Ma = 1).
- (intransitive) To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.
- To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool.
- To be checked, as if by choking; to stick.
- To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling.
- To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.
- A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.
- (sports) In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation.
- A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which affects the spread of the shot.
- A partial or complete blockage (of boulders, mud, etc.) in a cave passage.