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gag

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verb \ˈgag\

Simple Definition of gag

  • : to put something (such as a piece of cloth) into or over a person's mouth in order to prevent that person from speaking, calling for help, etc.

  • : to prevent (someone) from speaking freely or expressing opinions

  • : to vomit or feel as if you are about to vomit : to feel as if what is in your stomach is going to come up into your mouth

Full Definition of gag

gaggedgag·ging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to restrict use of the mouth of by inserting a gag b :  to prevent from exercising freedom of speech or expression c :  to pry or hold open with a gag

  3. 2 :  to provide or write quips or pranks for <gag a show>

  4. 3 :  to choke or cause to retch

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  choke; also :  to suffer a throat spasm that makes swallowing or breathing difficult b :  retch

  7. 2 :  to be unable to endure something :  balk

  8. 3 :  to make quips

gag·ger noun

Examples of gag

  1. The government is trying to gag the press.

  2. <the terrible smell of rotting fish made me gag>



Origin of gag

Middle English gaggen to strangle, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1509

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Rhymes with gag


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gag

noun

Simple Definition of gag

  • : something said or done to make people laugh

  • : something done as a playful trick

  • : something (such as a piece of cloth) that is put into or over someone's mouth in order to prevent speech

Full Definition of gag

  1. 1 :  something thrust into the mouth to keep it open or to prevent speech or outcry

  2. 2 :  an official check or restraint on debate or free speech <a gag rule>

  3. 3 :  a laugh-provoking remark or act

  4. 4 :  prank, trick

Examples of gag

  1. The movie relies on simpleminded gags for laughs.

  2. They hid his clothes as a gag.

  3. They tied up the hostages and put gags in their mouths.

  4. The government is trying to put a gag on the press.



1530

First Known Use of gag

1530

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