Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Likely to cause choking.
  • adjective Tending to become choked.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending to choke or suffocate: as, the air of the room was quite choky.
  • Inclined to choke, as with emotion.
  • noun A prison; a lockup; also, a customs- or toll-station; a palanquin-station.
  • noun The act of watching or guarding.

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

  • adjective Tending to choke or suffocate, or having power to suffocate.
  • adjective Inclined to choke, as a person affected with strong emotion.
  • noun India A station, as for collection of customs, for palanquin bearers, police, etc.
  • noun India, or Slang, Eng. Specif., a prison or lockup; a jail.

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

  • adjective reminiscent of choking

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

  • adjective so tight as to tend to choke
  • noun British slang (dated) for a prison

Etymologies

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choke +‎ -y

Examples

  • 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.

    The Christmas Fairy and Other Stories

  • And the sharp suits they miraculously acquire for their court appearance look the business, so it does not do to enquire too closely where on earth they materialise from in 'choky'!

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  • But will have to be careful – betya choky is the first place they install these wretched things.

    Immortal light bulb?

  • 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.

    Fiddling while Rome burns

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • 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.

    The Almost Archer Sisters

  • 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.

    The teddy bear teacher is sentenced to 15 days in prison.

  • I had a strange, choky sensation, and again I coughed, dryly.

    The House on the Borderland

  • Lady Burton says, “I got quite choky, and Richard ran away and locked himself up.”

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Lana said in a choky voice, her cheeks bright with color.

    herding fic

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