Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

choke

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of choke

  1. 1 to keep (someone) from breathing by exerting pressure on the windpipe <let go of my throat—you're choking me!> Synonyms garrote (or garotte), strangle, suffocate, throttle Related Words asphyxiate, smother, stifle; scrag Near Antonyms restore, resuscitate, revive

  2. 2 to experience complete or partial blockage of the windpipe <the recommended procedure for helping someone who is choking> Synonyms gag, suffocate Related Words heave, retch, throw up, vomit; asphyxiate, smother, stifle Near Antonyms breathe, respire; expire, inspire

  3. 3 to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air <thick, black smoke choked the trapped firefighters> Synonyms smother, stifle, strangle, suffocateRelated Words garrote (or garotte), throttle; asphyxiate; drown; croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slayNear Antonyms breathe, exhale, expire, inhale, inspire; resuscitate, revive

  4. 4 to prevent passage through by filling with something <overgrown bushes choked the narrow alleyway between the buildings> Synonyms block, clog, clot, congest, dam, gum (up), jam, obstruct, occlude, plug (up), stop (up), stuffRelated Words bung, cork, spile, stopper, stopple; fill, gridlock, pack; fur, silt; flood, glut, inundate, overwhelm, swampNear Antonyms excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out); empty, lightenAntonyms clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop




Learn More about choke


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up choke? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of perception or understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

reduce perplex soothe disapprove
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ