Choke meaning

chōk
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.

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To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
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To reduce the air intake of (a carburetor), thereby enriching the fuel mixture.
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To grip (a bat or racket, for example) at a point nearer the hitting surface.
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To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
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To become blocked up or obstructed.
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To shorten one's grip on the handle of a bat or racket. Often used with up.
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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.

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The act or sound of choking.
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A device used in an internal-combustion engine to enrich the fuel mixture by reducing the flow of air to the carburetor.
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The fibrous inedible center of an artichoke head.
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To prevent from breathing by blocking the windpipe; suffocate; smother; stifle; often, specif., to prevent from breathing by squeezing the throat of; strangle.
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To block up; obstruct by clogging.
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To hinder the growth or action of; smother; suppress.
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To fill up.
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To cut off some air from the carburetor of (a gasoline engine) in order to make a richer gasoline mixture.
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To hold (a bat, golf club, etc.) away from the end of the handle and closer toward the middle.
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To be suffocated; have difficulty in breathing.
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To be blocked up; be obstructed.
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To become strained with emotion.

A choked voice.

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To be unable to perform efficiently, as in a sporting event, because of tension, strong emotion, etc.
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The act of choking; strangulation.
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A sound of choking.
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The valve that chokes a carburetor.
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A constriction, as in a chokebore.
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To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
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To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
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The act or sound of choking.
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(intransitive) To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.
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To prevent someone from breathing by strangling or filling the windpipe.
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To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up.

To choke a cave passage with boulders and mud.

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To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle.
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(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).
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(intransitive) To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.
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To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool.
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To be checked, as if by choking; to stick.
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To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling.
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To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.
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A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.
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(sports) In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation.
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A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which affects the spread of the shot.
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A partial or complete blockage (of boulders, mud, etc.) in a cave passage.
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choke back
  • To hold back (feelings, sobs, etc.).
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choke down
  • To swallow with difficulty.
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choke off
  • To bring to an end; end the growth of.
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choke up
  • 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.
  • To become unable to speak, act efficiently, etc., as because of fear, strong emotion, tension, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of choke

  • Middle English choken short for achoken from Old English āceōcian ā- intensive pref. cēoce, cēace jaw, cheek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English choken (also cheken), from Old English *ċēocian, āċēocian (“to choke”), probably derived from Old English ċēoce, ċēace (“jaw, cheek”), see cheek. Cognate with Icelandic kok (“throat”), koka (“to gulp”). See also achoke.

    From Wiktionary