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

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gagger noun

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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 Nasal swabs reduce the tendency of patients to cough, sneeze or gag during collection, potentially spreading the virus. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland Clinic switches to nasal swabs for drive-through coronavirus testing," 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, "Science of ‘Seinfeld’," 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, "What some black parents tell their children to keep them alive," 4 June 2020 Glatter said symptoms also may include burning in the throat, wheezing, dry cough, gagging and difficulty speaking. USA Today, "Going to protest George Floyd's death? Here's how to protect yourself against tear gas, pepper spray," 2 June 2020 She had been bound and gagged and stripped naked except for her gray-blue stockings. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Jill Lepore’s New Podcast Is a Murder Mystery: Who Killed Truth?," 13 May 2020 Kardashian West, 39, was alone in her No Address Hotel room during Paris Fashion week when multiple masked men broke in and bound, gagged and robbed the KUWTK star of millions of dollars worth of jewels. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Caitlyn Jenner Estimates Kylie Jenner Spends 'Between $300,000 and $400,000 a Month' on Security," 29 Nov. 2019 The increase in the partial pressure of the carbon dioxide was temporarily difficult to tolerate, leading to gagging and choking, but the submarine flooded quickly and the pressure was equalized. Rachel Lance, Wired, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 7 Apr. 2020 Intubated patients often cough and gag during the high-risk procedure, propelling spit and other bodily fluids onto the faces of medical staffers. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "3D printer companies step in to fill hospitals' desperate need for face shields," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For some, the mere suggestion of a PSL can trigger a gag reflex, recalling assorted jack-o’-lantern guttings of their youth. Joseph Errico, Marie Claire, "Pumpkin Spice: The Ultimate Fall Palette," 5 Oct. 2020 The running gag — a surprisingly lame attempt at bothsiderism from a show that in its history savaged, for instance, Richard Nixon in a legendary sketch — seemed to be that Biden has some kind of anger-management problem. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "'SNL' had no idea how to handle Trump's COVID diagnosis. Jim Carrey's Biden didn't help," 4 Oct. 2020 The Big Bang Theory for years, but getting a decent toilet to operate in zero gravity on the International Space Station is no gag to the astronauts who reside there. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How to start a podcast while working from home," 2 Oct. 2020 This would be a fun gag gift or even a great addition to a scary centerpiece. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "15 amazing pieces of Halloween decor you can get from Walmart," 23 Sep. 2020 In the Supreme Court's brief order granting a review of the matter, known as a writ of certiorari, the court vacated the circuit court judge's four identical gag orders pertaining to the four defendants in the criminal proceeding. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "High court invalidates gag order," 26 Sep. 2020 Last year, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a bill that bans the use of gag orders in city settlements for police brutality and discrimination cases. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore illegally kept half of a woman’s settlement when she spoke about allegations police abused her, a federal judge ruled," 22 Sep. 2020 Authorities have used gag orders to limit reporting on the unrest. The Economist, "Failing the test Schools in Jordan struggle with covid-19 and jailed teachers," 12 Sep. 2020 The state, using its extensive emergency powers, responded with force, alongside media gag orders and criminal proceedings. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, "Teachers unions around the world clash with governments over coronavirus and school reopening plans," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

6 Sep 2020

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“Gag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gag. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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gag

verb
How to pronounce gag (audio)

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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