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 voicea low choking laugh

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Other Words from choking

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

Examples of choking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keegan half expected a sensory flashback to the choking heat and the taste of dusty phlegm and gunpowder residue. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 Additionally, tear gas can cause a runny nose, difficulty swallowing, drooling, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, rash and burns on the skin, nausea, vomiting, and a choking sensation, per the CDC. Maggie O'neill,, "These Are the Effects of Tear Gas on the Human Body," 2 June 2020 Which is to say that the murders, the clothes and the demons are the sugar coating on a choking kind of pill. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,’ California Dreaming, Darkly," 24 Apr. 2020 Contigo is recalling nearly 6 million kids' water bottles for a second time because their spouts can detach and pose a choking hazard. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Contigo recalls nearly 6 million kids' water bottles due to choking risk," 20 Feb. 2020 USA TODAY Handout Contigo has again recalled 5.7 million kids water bottles due to a choking hazard. Sarah Brookbank,, "Contigo recalls 5.7 million kids water bottles due to choking hazard," 20 Feb. 2020 Atmospheric water vapor disintegrated, and hydrogen floated out into space, leaving a wealth of oxygen left to be cobbled into a choking cloud of carbon dioxide. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Venus, Earth's Boiling Twin," 5 Jan. 2020 The officer looks up and places his right hand on his gun for a second and then wraps both arms around Dixon’s neck in what appears to be a choking position. Phillip Jackson,, "Prosecutor drops all charges against man whose arrest and apparent choking by Baltimore police went viral," 6 Dec. 2019 Keep a special eye on small game pieces that may be a choking hazard for young children. Maggie Rauser,, "Safe Kids Carroll: Toy safety tips for kids and adults," 30 Nov. 2019

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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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19 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Choking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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