chok·​ing ˈchō-kiŋ How to pronounce choking (audio)
: producing the feeling of strangulation
a choking cloud of smog
: indistinct in utterance
used especially of a person's voice
a low choking laugh
chokingly adverb

Examples of choking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of Europe is looking at the skies with trepidation, wondering if the winds and weather will bring more choking heat, or hail or floods. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 None of this is to say that parents and political leaders need to whip up a moral panic about choking memes. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2022 Borrowing cost increases usually weigh on stocks, since the moves aim to slash inflation by slowing the economy and choking demand. Max Zahn, ABC News, 15 Dec. 2022 All these artists were keen on undoing the stifling prescriptions of modern art, high or low, entrenched within a mass media environment dependent on the choking proliferation of stereotypes and cliches. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2022 And bully sticks can be a choking hazard if they're not chewed properly. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 The choking feeling soon passed, but the fifty-two-year-old Londoner was left with a familiar drag of depression and dread. Kathryn Hughes, The New York Review of Books, 19 Oct. 2022 Water beads are also a choking hazard, especially for children 3 years old or younger. CBS News, 30 Nov. 2022 Then our experts check for pinch points (spots on a toy where a small child could hurt a finger) and conduct a drop test to be certain the toy won't shatter into small pieces with sharp edges or pose a choking hazard. Jessica Hartshorn, Good Housekeeping, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of choking was in 1556

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Cite this Entry

“Choking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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