\ ˈchäk How to pronounce chock (audio) \

Definition of chock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a wedge or block for steadying a body (such as a cask) and holding it motionless, for filling in an unwanted space, or for blocking the movement of a wheel
2 : a heavy metal casting (as on the bow or stern of a ship) with two short horn-shaped arms curving inward between which ropes or hawsers may pass for mooring or towing



Definition of chock (Entry 2 of 3)

: as close or as completely as possible


chocked; chocking; chocks

Definition of chock (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to stop or make fast with or as if with chocks

Examples of chock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The droughts of 820 to 870 CE left the reservoir’s waters receding and stagnant—and thanks to the palace kitchens, also chock-full of phosphates and other organic matter. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal," 30 June 2020 His address was chock-full of typical Trump lines — boasts about television ratings, ridicule of his likely Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden and sharply worded resentments over China's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Anchorage Daily News, "Few masks in crowd of young Trump supporters in Arizona, where COVID-19 is surging," 24 June 2020 His address was chock-full of typical Trump lines — boasts about television ratings, ridicule of his likely Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden, and sharply worded resentments over China’s handling of the virus. Jonathan Lemire,, "With student gathering, Trump gets a more boisterous crowd," 23 June 2020 One side contains a growth factor serum that restores plumpness and diminishes fine lines, while the other side features a serum chock full of antioxidants to even skin tone and smooth skin texture. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "Best anti-aging creams, serums and more, according to experts," 17 June 2020 And as for the food, the menu is chock-full of not-so-traditional dumplings with flavors inspired by reuben sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers, chicken satay, and even peanut butter and jelly. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "An Automated Dumpling Shop Is Coming to NYC This Summer — and It Might Be the Future of Dining," 15 June 2020 Disney is chock-full of comic book superheroes and galactic good guys but lacks its own Harry Potter. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: A movie-stealing Josh Gad elevates 'Artemis Fowl' from forgettable kid fantasy," 12 June 2020 Disney is chock-full of comic-book superheroes and galactic good guys but lacks its own Harry Potter. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Josh Gad steals the show in ‘Artemis Fowl’," 12 June 2020 People in the investment industry will tell you that the stock market is chock-full of contrarian indicators. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "These Funds Cut the Wrong Way," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb BBC World News will give you a broader perspective, and Cheddar is chock full of business news. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Philo now cheapest streaming service after YouTube TV price hike. For $20, get lots of cable but no sports or news," 8 July 2020 The partnership put together a set of three detailed playbooks chock-full of information for executives and businesses looking to reopen as safely as possible. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Some states are seeing coronavirus cases skyrocket. We're not. At least not yet. Why?," 29 June 2020 People in the investment industry will tell you that the stock market is chock-full of contrarian indicators. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "These Funds Cut the Wrong Way," 12 June 2020 Only a couple of miles away in any direction there are hospitals chock-full of ill and dying patients who are being attended to by overworked and overwhelmed National Health Service doctors, nurses, and support staff. Stanley Tucci, The Atlantic, "Cooking Your Way Through the Pandemic," 15 May 2020 New cars are chock-full of anti-lock brakes, airbags, automatic emergency braking and backup cameras — innovations that were lacking in cars on the roads in 1970. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "50 Years Ago, 3 Astronauts Survived Apollo 13. Could It Happen Again?," 13 Apr. 2020 From Netflix to Hulu to Disney+, here are all the services chock-full of TV shows and movies to binge at home, all of which have free trials. Anabel Pasarow,, "All The Streaming Services With Free Trials To Watch While In Quarantine," 24 Mar. 2020 While host-free, the 92nd Academy Awards were chock-full of spectacular musical performances on Sunday night (Feb. 9). Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Billie Eilish, Janelle Monae and More: What Was Your Favorite Performance at the 2020 Oscars? Vote!," 10 Feb. 2020 January has been chock-a-block full of sales, and to round out the last weekend of the month, many retailers are offering up amazing chances to save on apparel, home decor, subscription services, and more. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "10 can't-miss sales to shop this weekend at The North Face, Wayfair, and more," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fear not, just stick with USA TODAY and you'll be chock full of legit info to digest and share with the world. USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Gifts and political meddling for everybody," 25 Feb. 2020 Officers then pushed the Mazda into a parking spot, chocked the tires, and contacted the respective car owners, who planned to handle the damages privately. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "An Apple Pay-day for tech, phone scammers: Orange Police Blotter," 20 Dec. 2019 Post-conflict landscapes can be chock full of hazardous, 3-meter-long unexploded missiles. Sarah Derouin, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones That Track Down Buried Warheads," 6 Jan. 2020 Day 1 of the ESSENCE + New Voices Entrepreneur Summit was chocked full of inspiring and informative conversations. Ronda Racha Penrice, Essence, "Keshia Knight Pulliam And Arian Simone Challenge More Black Women To Become Investors In Start Ups: 'Join Us!'," 14 Dec. 2019 But in an offseason likely to be chocked with quarterback movement, Newton could be the most fascinating quarterback on the move. Adam Kilgore, The Denver Post, "Cam Newton’s season is over. Where he plays next is an open question. Maybe Denver?," 6 Nov. 2019 The Citizens even had a last-minute goal from Gabriel Jesus chocked off by VAR - triggering some nasty cases of déjà vu from last year's Champions League., "Gary Neville Names the Tottenham Player Mauricio Pochettino Should Have Benched in 2-2 Man City Draw," 18 Aug. 2019 After a game chocked full of scoring for three quarters, Hewitt-Trussville put the brakes on Oak Mountain’s offense at the end to pull away. Reports, al, "Birmingham HS football: Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley, Hewitt-Trussville earn wins," 6 Sep. 2019 Aside from houses awash in apple green, purple, and Pepto pink, the historic center of Valparaíso is chock a block with murals and art installations. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do in Valparaiso, Chile," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of chock


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1798, in the meaning defined above


1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chock


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10 Jul 2020

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