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

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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 And while your pup is enjoying some summertime pineapple, make sure to skip the skin or core of the fruit as these can be hard for a dog to digest and become a choking hazard. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 The insects, which can grow roughly 1.5 inches long, can potentially cause a choking hazard to smaller dogs with narrow tracheal and esophageal diameters, said Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer of The American Kennel Club. Terry Ward, CNN, 29 May 2021 Fish also spoils fast, smells bad, and contains sharp bones that pose a choking hazard. Ute Eberle, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021 As everything from hospital bedding to ceiling tiles started to burn, filling the ward with choking smoke, staff and patients’ relatives started breaking windows to try to jump down to safety from the second floor. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 While one or two likely won't hurt, their crunchy exoskeleton could present a choking hazard. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2021 Finding a durable chew toy that won't splinter and isn't a choking hazard has been quite the task. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, 26 Feb. 2021 So have the environmental costs, in the form of sinking water tables, for example, and choking smoke from the burning of stubble. The Economist, 16 Jan. 2021 Target is recalling nearly 300,000 infant rompers and 181,000 infant girls' swimsuits because snaps on the clothing could break or detach and present a choking hazard to children. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2020

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Choking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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