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