A gag is a joke.
- 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.
transitive verbgagged, gag′ging
- 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 of gagMiddle 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
- 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: played a gag on his roommates.b. A comic effect or remark. See Synonyms at joke.
- The act or an instance of gagging or choking.
verbgagged, gag·ging, gags
- 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 dental gag.
- To block off or obstruct (a pipe or valve, for example).
- To experience a regurgitative spasm in the throat, as from revulsion to a food or smell or in reflexive response to an introduced object.
- To make jokes or quips: Your friends are always gagging around.
Origin of gagFrom Middle English gaggen to suffocate perhaps of imitative origin
- group specific antigens
- A device to restrain speech, such as a rag in the mouth secured with tape or a rubber ball threaded onto a cord or strap.
- (law) An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject.
- A joke or other mischievous prank.
- A convulsion of the upper digestive tract.
- (archaic) A mouthful that makes one retch or choke.
- a gag of mutton fat
(third-person singular simple present gags, present participle gagging, simple past and past participle gagged)
- (intransitive) To experience the vomiting reflex.
- He gagged when he saw the open wound.
- To cause to heave with nausea.
- (U.S. Army, slang) To smoke: to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration).
- To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.
- The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape.
- (figuratively) To restrain someone's speech without using physical means.
- When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.
- To pry or hold open by means of a gag.