chok·​ing | \ ˈchō-kiŋ How to pronounce choking (audio) \

Definition of choking

1 : producing the feeling of strangulation a choking cloud of smog
2 : indistinct in utterance used especially of a person's voice a low choking laugh

Other Words from choking

chokingly \ ˈchō-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce choking (audio) \ adverb

Examples of choking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foot fetishes seem to suffer from a stigma that could better be applied to, say, gagging and choking fetishes, which can actually be deadly. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 21 July 2022 According to the Globe’s obituary, Richard Willett died Sunday at the age of 52 due to complications from a choking incident. Matt Doherty,, 15 July 2022 The Heimlich maneuver is done when a pair of arms go around a choking person’s body and are placed over the abdomen, according to the NSC. Fox News, 6 July 2022 Plastic debris is ubiquitous in India: stacked along roadsides, floating in waterways and choking drainage systems. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Some dogs barely chew their food, which can lead to choking and poor digestion. Lindsay Pevny, Popular Mechanics, 24 June 2022 The most recent previous recipient was an 8-year-old Encinitas Scout Aubrey Kelsay, who, in 2015, helped save the life of a choking kindergarten teacher at her school. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 Wildfires raging across Portugal, Spain and France in recent days have released choking smoke containing fine, inhalable particulate matter known as PM 2.5. Fox News, 19 July 2022 Perhaps your dog gobbles up their meals in seconds, leading to gagging, choking, or stomach issues; well, there are bowls for that, too. Lindsay Pevny, Popular Mechanics, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of choking

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of choking was in 1556

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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

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“Choking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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