A woman pretends to choke her friend.
- 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.
transitive verbchoked, chok′ing
- to prevent from breathing by blocking the windpipe; suffocate; smother; stifle; often, specif., to prevent from breathing by squeezing the throat of; strangle
- 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
- to hold a bat, golf club, etc. away from the end of the handle and closer toward the middle: often with on
- Informal to become unable to speak, act efficiently, etc., as because of fear, strong emotion, tension, etc.
verbchoked, 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.