Gag - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡæɡ|  American pronunciation of the word gag
Brit.  |ɡæɡ|  British pronunciation of the word gag


- a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter(syn: jape, jest, joke, laugh)
- restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting (syn: muzzle)


- prevent from speaking out(syn: muzzle)
- be too tight; rub or press (syn: choke, fret)
- tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them(syn: muzzle)
- make jokes or quips(syn: quip)
- struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake(syn: choke, strangle, suffocate)
- cause to retch or choke (syn: choke)
- make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit (syn: heave, retch)


The government is trying to gag the press.

...the terrible smell of rotting fish made me gag...

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.

The foul smell made her gag.

He almost gagged on his first mouthful of food.

Thugs gagged her and tied her to a chair.

He left his victim bound and gagged (=tied up and with something over their mouth that stops them speaking).

He told a few gags.

It was a bit of a running gag (=a joke which is repeated) in the show.

The press was gagged

The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair

The students were gagging during dinner

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gag
he/she/it: gags
present participle: gagging
past tense: gagged
past participle: gagged
singular: gag
plural: gags
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