- The definition of a gag is a prank or a joke, or something placed over a person's mouth to stop him from making noise, or a restriction that prevents free speech.
- A prank where you put a whoopie cushion on someone's chair is an example of a gag.
- A balled-up sock stuffed into the mouth of a kidnap victim so he cannot scream is an example of a gag.
- When the judge in a high-profile case orders the parties not to talk to the press about the case, this is an example of a gag.
- To gag is defined as to choke or wretch, or to prevent someone from speaking.
- When you stick your finger down your throat and you start to wretch and vomit, this is an example of a time when you gag.
- When you stick a piece of tape over someone's mouth so he cannot scream, this is an example of gag.
A gag is a joke.
gag definition by Webster's New World
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transitive verb gagged, gagging
- to cause to retch or choke
- to put something over or into the mouth of, so as to keep from talking, crying out, etc.
- to keep from speaking or expressing oneself freely, as by intimidation
- to prevent or limit speech in (a legislative body)
- Mech. to choke or stop up (a valve, etc.)
Origin: Middle English gaggen, of echoic origin, originally
- to retch or choke
- Informal to make a gag or gags; joke
- something put into or over the mouth to prevent talking, crying out, etc.
- ☆ any restraint of free speech
- a device for holding the jaws open for dental work or for any surgery inside the mouth
- a comical remark or act; joke, as one interpolated by an actor on the stage
- a practical joke or hoax
gag definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Something forced into or put over the mouth to prevent speaking or crying out.
- An obstacle to or a censoring of free speech.
- A device placed in the mouth to keep it open, as in dentistry.
- a. A practical joke.b. A comic effect or remark. See Synonyms at joke.
- The act or an instance of gagging or choking.
- To prevent from speaking or crying out by using a gag.
- To stop or restrain from exercising free speech: censorship laws aimed at gagging the press.
- To cause to choke, retch, or undergo a regurgitative spasm.
- To keep (the mouth) open by using a gag.
- To block off or obstruct (a pipe or valve, for example).
- a. To experience a regurgitative spasm in the throat, as from revulsion to a food or smell or in reflexive response to an introduced object.b. To retch or choke.
- To make jokes or quips.
Origin: From Middle English gaggen, to suffocate, perhaps of imitative origin.
gag - Medical Definition
- 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.