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

  • adj. Causing a feeling of being choked or suffocated: The hall was filled with choking clouds of smoke.
  • adj. Having a strained or husky sound: spoke in a choking voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process in which a person's airway becomes blocked, resulting in asphyxia in cases that are not treated promptly.
  • n. The act of coughing when a foreign object (i.e. food, beverages) becomes lodged in a person's airway.
  • v. Present participle of choke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That chokes; producing the feeling of strangulation.
  • adj. Indistinct in utterance, as the voice of a person affected with strong emotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing suffocation; tending to choke or suffocate.
  • Obstructed or indistinct in utterance; gasping: as, to speak with a choking voice.

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

  • n. a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)
  • n. the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe


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  • One attendant, on the very day he had been discharged for choking a patient into an insensibility so profound that it had been necessary to call a physician to restore him, said to me, "They are getting pretty damned strict these days, discharging a man simply for _choking_ a patient."

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  • The phrase choking under pressure has been used to describe what happens when people perform at a lower level than what they are capable of in high-stakes situations.


  • Eating quickly, attempting to swallow a large amount of food or swallowing fibrous and/or poorly chewed food (meat is the most frequent culprit) often results in choking in humans.

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  • This occurrence, called aspiration, may result in choking, coughing and difficulty breathing.

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  • In some cases, choking is just a question of not being good enough.

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  • Once with our longest and largest kitchen knife and then almost suceeded in choking me to death in my sleep.

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  • I don't doubt the fire is out by now, but I haven't been able to move for fear he would begin choking again.

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  • Mr. Harry said he was raging around his pen, digging the ground with his snout, falling down and getting up again, and by a miracle, escaping death by choking from the rope that was tied around his neck.

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  • I don’t always look like a human, I scream and grunt and breathe in short choking breaths at times.

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