gag

(noun, verb)

noun

1. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

- he knows a million gags

Similar word(s): jape, jest, joke, laugh

Definition categories: communication, humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

2. restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

Similar word(s): muzzle

Definition categories: man–made, constraint, restraint

verb

1. prevent from speaking out

- The press was gagged

Similar word(s): muzzle

Definition categories: perception, hush, quieten, silence, still

2. be too tight; rub or press

Similar word(s): choke, fret

Definition categories: contact, compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

3. tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them

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

Similar word(s): muzzle

Definition categories: contact, bind, tie

4. make jokes or quips

- The students were gagging during dinner

Similar word(s): quip

Definition categories: communication, jest, joke

5. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

- he swallowed a fishbone and gagged

Similar word(s): choke, strangle, suffocate

Definition categories: body, hurt, suffer

6. cause to retch or choke

Similar word(s): choke

Definition categories: body, sicken

7. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Similar word(s): heave, retch

Definition categories: body

Sentences with gag as a verb:

- He gagged when he saw the open wound.

- The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape.

- When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.