1. [ verb ] breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion

"She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"

Related terms: breathe choking
2. [ verb ] be too tight; rub or press
Synonyms: fret gag

"This neckband is choking the cat"

Related terms: compress choker
3. [ verb ] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
Synonyms: suffocate strangle gag

"he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

Related terms: suffer asphyxiation
4. [ verb ] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
Synonyms: strangle
Related terms: compress
5. [ verb ] wring the neck of
Synonyms: scrag

"The man choked his opponent"

Related terms: compress choking scrag
6. [ verb ] reduce the air supply; of carburetors
Synonyms: throttle
Related terms: enrich accelerator
7. [ verb ] (biology) die (colloquial)
Synonyms: drop_dead croak die_suddenly pop_off buy_the_farm snuff_it conk die_unexpectedly cash_in_one's_chips give-up_the_ghost kick_the_bucket

"The old man finally kicked the bucket"

Related terms: die colloquialism
8. [ verb ] cause to retch or choke
Synonyms: gag
Related terms: sicken
9. [ verb ] become or cause to become obstructed
Synonyms: clog choke_off back_up congest foul clog_up

"The leaves clog our drains in the Fall" "The water pipe is backed up"

Related terms: unclog obstruct stuff silt_up gum_up crap_up congestion
10. [ noun ] (physics) a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
Synonyms: choking_coil choke_coil
Related terms: coil circuit
11. [ verb ] check or slow down the action or effect of

"She choked her anger"

Related terms: bottle_up
12. [ verb ] fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation

"The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"

Related terms: fail choker
13. [ verb ] (biology) kill by constricting the throat and preventing from breathing
Synonyms: suffocate stifle asphyxiate

"Othello suffocated Desdemona with a pillow"

Related terms: become die strangle smother suffocate suffocation asphyxia
14. [ verb ] suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
Synonyms: suffocate

"His job suffocated him"

Related terms: stifle suffocate
15. [ verb ] impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
Synonyms: asphyxiate stifle suffocate

"The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

Related terms: obstruct choking asphyxiation
16. [ noun ] a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
Related terms: valve automatic_choke fuel_system
Similar spelling:   chokey