\ˈchäk \

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 versatile, crushable piece protects 360 degrees, is chock-full of tomboy flair, and is easily portable. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why Bucket Hats and Bikinis Are Summer’s Best Combination," 6 July 2018 But new memories must be made, and, with the evening’s celebration spanning three floors of the store, all chock full of fun corners containing hot dog carts and candy stands, what better place could there be? Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Forget Breakfast—Tiffany & Co. Throws an A$AP Ferg Concert at Its Fifth Avenue Store," 4 May 2018 All of Shahbaz Hashmi’s notebooks, chock full of formulas and scribbles, were open. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Play 18 holes with Tiger Woods? Sounds like a dream — this teenager got to live it. | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 Flock to the flock of food trucks Chow down at the summer edition of the Chicago Food Truck Festival (3637 N. Clark St.) this weekend, featuring a lineup chock full of your favorite mobile meals. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 21 June 2018 Most of the seats targeted by the two groups overlap, heralding an election season chock full of political commercials for TV viewers in key media markets across the country. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Top GOP super PAC books $48 million in ads for House races," 17 Apr. 2018 Japanese international and Southampton centre back Maya Yoshida has admitted his chock at the choice to replace the team's manager, but will focus on doing as well at the World Cup as possible as the countdown continues., "Japan Unexpectedly Sack Manager Vahid Halilhodzic Just Two Months Before the FIFA World Cup," 9 Apr. 2018 The season 2 premiere was chock full of clues and seemingly set the tone for what to expect and what questions would finally be revealed about Jack’s death. Karen Mizoguchi,, "This Is Us' Super Bowl Episode: Everything We Know About Jack's Death," 4 Feb. 2018 The Valley Center History Museum, chock full of exhibits, memorabilia and historic documents having to do with everything Valley Center, has done quite well for itself since opening 15 years ago. J. Harry Jones,, "Small Valley Center history museum draws big crowds," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Your guide to the month’s can’t-miss events in and around L.A. From Fourth of July fireworks to Echo Park’s famous Lotus Festival, July is chock-full of good stuff to do. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here Are the 12 Best Things to Do in L.A. in July," 26 June 2018 This indoor wave pool can still provide a day chock-full of fun. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Here are the best attractions at metro Phoenix's 5 water parks," 22 June 2018 From birth, Southerners are packed chock-full with the customs of our deeply rooted heritage. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "What Does It Really Mean To Have Southern Taste?," 8 June 2018 The musical lineup is chock-full of national headliners and emerging local talent on two stages — listen for vocalist Valerie Stephens, a Boston native, and The Woo Factor Band, a Berklee College of Music mini-reunion., "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018 Saturday Night Live wrapped up its 43rd season on Saturday, and this season was particularly chock-full of memorable musical moments in a show legendarily full of them. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Who Was Your Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Musical Guest This Season? Vote!," 21 May 2018 Your guide to the month’s can’t-miss events in and around L.A. From an outdoor film series with food trucks and bands to a flower-art pop-up in Griffith Park, June is chock-full of good stuff to do. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here Are the 12 Best Things to Do in L.A. in June," 29 May 2018 In the suburban House battlegrounds chock-full of both resistance warriors and disappointed Trump voters, then, Republicans are unlikely to benefit from ringing an impeachment alarm bell. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Mega-Donor Tom Steyer Is Forcing Democrats to Talk Impeachment. Is It a Losing Strategy?," 25 May 2018 The contract is chock-full of incentives—$7 million worth—for 2018 that are mostly based around him taking the majority of snaps and winning football games. Jonathan Jones,, "Philadelphia Eagles Are Living Large, Thanks to the Work of GM Howie Roseman," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Investigators later discovered a golden retriever, who appeared to have been chocked and beaten. Fox News, "New Hampshire man out on bail strips naked, breaks into apartment and chokes golden retriever, police say," 21 June 2018 Framed around the 2016 election, the film is chocked with big-name cameos such as designers Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Norma Kamali, and Philadelphia’s own Ralph Rucci. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Black fashion superhero André Leon Talley finally gets his due in new documentary," 6 June 2018 Also in the running: An avowed white supremacist who made headlines after surging in one poll, though analysts now chock that up to a methodological flaw. NBC News, "California's GOP is collapsing. Is that a sign for Republicans nationwide?," 4 June 2018 The end result is a creamy soup that’s low in calories, packed with fiber and chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Joan Salge Blake,, "Fruit and veggie gadgets that can change your life," 21 May 2018 Shopping: There's two floors of exhibitors chock full of toys, comic books, clothing, costumes, props and collectibles. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Phoenix Comic Fest guide: Here's how to navigate the event like a superhero," 16 May 2018 Todd Rokita and Luke Messer and businessman/former state lawmaker Mike Braun has proven to be a bruising face-off, void of much actual policy, but chock-full of kissing up to Trump. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Indiana primary elections: live results for Senate and House races," 8 May 2018 The museum is housed in a 1940s-era guest barracks which is two stories chock full of World War II armament, as well as moving memorials. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Clay County: Military history at Camp Blanding," 7 May 2018 Meghan and her character Rachel on USA's hit show Suits are both quintessential MC women—ladies chock-full of ambition and intelligence, with a keen eye for style and an admirable amount of strength. Maura Brannigan, Marie Claire, "Exclusive: Meghan Markle On the Struggles of Getting Into the TV Industry," 5 June 2013

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chock.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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


origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chock

Dictionary Entries near chock








Statistics for chock

Last Updated

21 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chock

The first known use of chock was in 1665

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on chock

See words that rhyme with chock Encyclopedia article about chock

Comments on chock

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


required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

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


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!