American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Likely to cause choking.
- adj. Tending to become choked.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to choke or suffocate: as, the air of the room was quite choky.
- Inclined to choke, as with emotion.
- n. A prison; a lockup; also, a customs- or toll-station; a palanquin-station.
- n. The act of watching or guarding.
- adj. reminiscent of choking
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to choke or suffocate, or having power to suffocate.
- adj. Inclined to choke, as a person affected with strong emotion.
- n. India A station, as for collection of customs, for palanquin bearers, police, etc.
- n. India, or Slang, Eng. Specif., a prison or lockup; a jail.
- adj. so tight as to tend to choke
- n. British slang (dated) for a prison
- choke + -y (Wiktionary)
“Indeed, for a moment or two, she was almost frightened -- her heart beat so fast, and there was such a "choky" feeling in her throat.”
“But will have to be careful – betya choky is the first place they install these wretched things.”
“So while some of this weekend was spent in air-conditioned indoors, a lot was not so I can't be 100% sure that some of the scents I tried were not being veiled by the smoky, choky air we were breathing.”
“I finally started to cry like a child, the kind where your sobs make slow, choky connections to hiccups, nose and mouth all kind of linked with spitty suspension bridges that you have to unstring with wet fists and fingers because you never have a tissue handy.”
“I had a strange, choky sensation, and again I coughed, dryly.”
“This just in: IN light of news that British teacher Gillian Gibbons has been spared the lash and sentenced to 15 days in a Sudanese choky for naming a teddy in an improper way, Anorak looks at the position of teddy bears in society.”
“Lady Burton says, “I got quite choky, and Richard ran away and locked himself up.””
“Lana said in a choky voice, her cheeks bright with color.”
“Advancing towards her mother, who stood smiling, pale and tremulous, Clare felt choky for the first time.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘choky’.
but now they're not because I looked them up. In cases of polysemy or homography, *of course* it was the oddest meaning that stumped me. ;)
Words taken from Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow.
Synonyms for 'jail.' Some of these shamelessly pilfered from spicolli's list: http://www.wordnik.com/lists/the-pokey-the-b...
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