\ 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

By 2013, as many as 10 tour buses, chock-full of tourists, were coming to 5Pointz a day. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 2019 Even their vacations are chock full of physical activity. Andrew Merle, Quartzy, "The best type of exercise uses your body—and your brain," 17 June 2019 Any traveler to Italy knows that one of its charms is its churches, chock-full of museum-quality art. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "He Was More Than a Mannerist," 22 Sep. 2018 Great cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco are popular for good reasons, chock-full of world-class attractions, amazing architecture and great dining. USA TODAY, "The USA's best small cities for travelers," 18 Jan. 2018 Tommy Hilfiger's London popup shop, featured on Bright Bazaar, is chock-full of shore-worthy summer colors on everything from clothes to croquet sets to a playful collection of wooden ducks. Leah Konen, ELLE Decor, "What We're Reading: May 25, 2011," 25 May 2011 The whole thing is chock full of references to The Favourite and the royal family, turning what could have been a standard pop video into a must-watch cultural happening. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Jonas Brothers's New Music Video Is Inspired By The Favourite and the Royal Family," 1 Mar. 2019 Broadway in those days was chock-a-block with straight plays. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "Neither Broadway Bound nor Lost in Yonkers," 27 Aug. 2018 Microsoft’s Insider preview builds for 19H1, the next major update for Windows 10, haven’t been packed as chock full of new features as in releases past, favoring tweaks and adjustments instead. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The stretch is packed with shops chock-full of stone statues, lamps, ceramic pots, clocks, and coins. Sayoni Sinha, National Geographic, "Craft brews and skyline views: The ultimate Ho Chi Minh City itinerary," 3 June 2019 To quote Arnold: When [Ho] calculated how quickly DNA mutations accumulated in birds and primates over just a few thousand years, Ho found the genomes chock-full of small mutations. Quanta Magazine, "A Ticking Evolutionary Clock," 16 Mar. 2017 The site's many layers of sediments are chock-full of tektites, which researchers interpret as a sign of water sloshing back and forth as the tektites fell. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 Likewise, the commercial vans are chock-full of modern features, incredibly versatile, and infinitely useful. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Trucks, SUVs, and Vans," 24 Jan. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two lobbyist firms hired by the association are chocked full of Capitol alumni. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "How ‘Big Soda’ used its clout to stop 5 of 5 California laws to regulate sugary drinks," 3 July 2019 Phoenix has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit for $200,000 with the family of a 65-year-old man who died after Phoenix police officers chocked, punched, smashed his head and used a stun gun on him in 2014. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix to pay $200K to family of man who died during arrest," 6 June 2019 The little canary's chirps were probably silenced just as the fire's chocking smoke engulfed its tiny cage. Thanassis Stavrakis And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Dolls, bicycles among charred belongings leftover from blaze," 28 July 2018 Make sure your car is in gear, with the parking brake set and the tires chocked. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Rotate Your Tires," 13 Dec. 2018 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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