Gag - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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

noun

- 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)

verb

- 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)

Examples

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

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