from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause asphyxia in; smother.
  • intransitive v. To undergo asphyxia; suffocate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To smother or suffocate someone.
  • v. To be smothered or suffocated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. [Used commonly in the past pple.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce asphyxia in; suffocate, or deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
  • v. deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
  • v. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen


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  • I really like this word cause it represents the meaning. Like, you look at that word and you know that it's all choked up!

    August 9, 2008