gag

verb
\ ˈgag How to pronounce gag (audio) \
gagged; gagging

Definition of gag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to restrict use of the mouth of by inserting something into it to prevent speech or outcry
b : to prevent from exercising freedom of speech or expression trying to gag the press legally gagged from discussing the case
c : to pry or hold open with a gag
2 : to provide or write quips or pranks for gag a show
3 : to choke or cause to retch

intransitive verb

1a : choke also : to suffer a throat spasm that makes swallowing or breathing difficult
b : retch
2 : to be unable to endure something : balk The boys gagged at all the kissing and goo-goo eyes.
3 : to make quips

gag

noun

Definition of gag (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something thrust into the mouth to keep it open or to prevent speech or outcry
2 : an official check or restraint on debate or free speech a gag rule
3 : a laugh-provoking remark or act
4 : prank, trick

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gagger noun

Synonyms for gag

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of gag in a Sentence

Verb The government is trying to gag the press. the terrible smell of rotting fish made me gag Noun The movie relies on simpleminded gags for laughs. They hid his clothes as a gag. They tied up the hostages and put gags in their mouths. The government is trying to put a gag on the press.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Cruz tried to call for help, one of the inmates allegedly used a towel to try to gag him. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2021 Across the country, state legislatures scramble to gag educators, suppress the vote, and criminalize protests, a backlash to successful challenges to white, minority rule. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 That a handful of tech companies can effectively gag what’s said and published online also raises, albeit less directly, questions about money that gets spent in Washington. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 15 Jan. 2021 Nasal swabs reduce the tendency of patients to cough, sneeze or gag during collection, potentially spreading the virus. Julie Washington, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2020 In S8:E8, Newman was challenged to eat broccoli but quickly gagged and demanded a honey mustard chaser to neutralize the taste. Bill Sullivan, The Conversation, 5 June 2020 Stinging eyes and throats and the compulsion to gag and cough from pepper spray or tear gas will subside. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, 4 June 2020 Glatter said symptoms also may include burning in the throat, wheezing, dry cough, gagging and difficulty speaking. USA Today, 2 June 2020 She had been bound and gagged and stripped naked except for her gray-blue stockings. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s a running gag that other characters keep misgendering Mae, who isn’t sure whether to feel insulted or inspired by this. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2021 Colin Jost’s take on Donald Trump’s new blog and his gag about Evangelicals refusing the vaccine are both good; Michel Che’s joke about white people in space, and one about presidential wax figures, are also winning. Matthew Love, Vulture, 9 May 2021 Clayton, who was a close friend of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, then presented him with a gag gift -- a tin cup that people could drop coins and bills in to help fight poverty. John Blake And Suzanne Malveaux, CNN, 24 May 2021 It’s a running gag because Sam’s has had a 55-year run of selling hamburgers and cheeseburgers — 500 of them on a Saturday night pre-COVID, when Sam’s was open until 4 a.m. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 His lack of involvement in the creative process became a running gag. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 There’s some really gag-worthy moments and reveals. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 6 May 2021 The advert plays like razor-sharp parody, funnier than any SNL skit, a cynical blend of progressive buzzwords that the creators of South Park would likely compose as a throwaway gag. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 4 May 2021 But even if it was meant as a lighthearted marketing gag, the move could land the carmaker in some serious trouble. Clare Duffy, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gag

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gag

Verb

Middle English gaggen "to strangle," of imitative origin

Noun

derivative of gag entry 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Gag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gag. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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gag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put something (such as a piece of cloth) into or over a person's mouth in order to prevent that person from speaking, calling for help, etc.
: to prevent (someone) from speaking freely or expressing opinions
: to vomit or feel as if you are about to vomit : to feel as if what is in your stomach is going to come up into your mouth

gag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gag (Entry 2 of 2)

: something said or done to make people laugh
chiefly US : something done as a playful trick
: something (such as a piece of cloth) that is put into or over someone's mouth in order to prevent speech

gag

verb
\ ˈgag How to pronounce gag (audio) \
gagged; gagging

Kids Definition of gag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to stop from speaking or crying out by or as if by covering or blocking the mouth
2 : to vomit or feel like vomiting The horrible smell almost made me gag.
3 : choke sense 2 He gagged on his hot dog.

gag

noun

Kids Definition of gag (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something covering or blocking the mouth especially to prevent speaking or crying out
2 : something said or done to make other people laugh

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