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gag

play
verb \ ˈgag \

Definition of gag

gagged; gagging
transitive verb
1 a :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
1 a :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

gagger

noun

Examples of gag in a Sentence

  1. The government is trying to gag the press.

  2. the terrible smell of rotting fish made me gag

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Origin and Etymology of gag

Middle English gaggen "to strangle," of imitative origin

gag Synonyms

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gag

noun

Definition of gag

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

Examples of gag in a Sentence

  1. The movie relies on simpleminded gags for laughs.

  2. They hid his clothes as a gag.

  3. They tied up the hostages and put gags in their mouths.

  4. The government is trying to put a gag on the press.

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Origin and Etymology of gag

derivative of 1gag

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GAG Defined for English Language Learners

gag

play
verb

Definition of gag for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of gag for English Language Learners

  • : something said or done to make people laugh

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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gag

play
verb \ ˈgag \

Definition of gag for Students

gagged; gagging
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 2
  • He gagged on his hot dog.

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gag

noun

Definition of gag for Students

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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