chok·​er | \ ˈchō-kər How to pronounce choker (audio) \

Definition of choker

1 : one that chokes
2 : something (such as a collar or necklace) worn closely about the throat or neck

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Synonyms for choker


collar, dog collar, lei, necklace

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Examples of choker in a Sentence

They called him a choker when he missed the shot that would have won the game. a pearl choker closely wrapped around her throat

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Before news of her pregnancy was confirmed by PEOPLE in September, Scott presented his girlfriend with a glittering diamond choker for her 20th birthday in August. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Ring with Travis Scott's Initials on That Finger," 7 Mar. 2018 Layered on her neck were multiple logo’d necklaces, including a Gaultier choker and Chanel’s iconic double-CC pendant. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Proves She Knows the Power of Accessorizing," 25 Jan. 2019 While the rest of the Kardashian-West clan donned sweats and camouflage, the 4-year-old showed everyone how it's done in a Snoop Dogg tank dress, rhinestone choker and fur leopard slides. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Pays Homage To Snoop Dogg With Her Birthday Outfit," 16 June 2017 Well With Freaky Accents This season's girl has enough to worry about, what with having to put her tears on and lenses in on top of stacking a dizzying array of elaborate masks, chokers, ear cuffs, and knee pads. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "What the Gucci Runway Just Taught Us About Beauty at Milan Fashion Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Designers are referencing the ’90s all over the place, with chokers and little slip dresses, but the ’70s are also having a moment. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 The model's game day style includes a puffer jacket, a high ponytail in a scrunchie, hoop earrings, jeweled choker, and a black tee. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Behati Prinsloo Is Having the Best Time at the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Dove was wearing a long, flowing velvet green gown, a matching choker, and lace gloves detailed in spiderwebs. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Matched Dark Lipstick to a Black Manicure," 3 Oct. 2018 Another image appears almost as if it is plucked from a Gucci campaign: an amphibious alien creature, slathered in hot pink body glitter, sporting an embellished bustier top, silk opera gloves, and a vintage jewel choker necklace. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Charity Kase Is the London Drag Star Whipping Up Fantastical Looks," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of choker

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of choker was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of choker

: a necklace that fits closely around the neck
informal : a person who fails to do something because of nervousness : a person who chokes

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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