Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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.

    Choke

  • 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.

    Choke

  • 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.

    Choke

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

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

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  • "They call it choking," three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said.

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