Gag



[gag] /gæg/

verb (used with object), gagged, gagging.
1.
to stop up the mouth of (a person) by putting something in it, thus preventing speech, shouts, etc.
2.
to restrain by force or authority from freedom of speech; silence.
3.
to fasten open the jaws of, as in surgical operations.
4.
to cause to retch or choke.
5.
Metalworking. to straighten or bend (a bar, rail, etc.) with a gag.
verb (used without object), gagged, gagging.
6.
to retch or choke.
noun
7.
something put into a person’s mouth to prevent speech, shouting, etc.
8.
any forced or arbitrary suppression of freedom of speech.
9.
a surgical instrument for holding the jaws open.
10.
Metalworking. a shaped block of steel used with a press to straighten or bend a bar, rail, etc.
[gag] /gæg/ Informal.
noun
1.
a joke, especially one introduced into a script or an actor’s part.
2.
any contrived piece of wordplay or horseplay.
verb (used without object), gagged, gagging.
3.
to tell jokes or make amusing remarks.
4.
to introduce gags in acting.
5.
to play on another’s credulity, as by telling false stories.
verb (used with object), gagged, gagging.
6.
to introduce usually comic interpolations into (a script, an actor’s part, or the like) (usually followed by up).
[gag] /gæg/
noun, plural (especially collectively) gag (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gags.
1.
a serranid game fish, Mycteroperca microlepsis, found along the southeastern coast of the U.S.
2.
any of several related fishes.
/ɡæɡ/
verb gags, gagging, gagged
1.
(transitive) to stop up (a person’s mouth), esp with a piece of cloth, etc, to prevent him or her from speaking or crying out
2.
(transitive) to suppress or censor (free expression, information, etc)
3.
to retch or cause to retch
4.
(intransitive) to struggle for breath; choke
5.
(transitive) to hold (the jaws) of (a person or animal) apart with a surgical gag
6.
(transitive) to apply a gag-bit to (a horse)
7.
(slang) be gagging for, be gagging to, to be very eager to have or do something
noun
8.
a piece of cloth, rope, etc, stuffed into or tied across the mouth
9.
any restraint on or suppression of information, free speech, etc
10.
a surgical device for keeping the jaws apart, as during a tonsillectomy
11.
(parliamentary procedure) another word for closure (sense 4)
/ɡæɡ/
noun
1.
a joke or humorous story, esp one told by a professional comedian
2.
a hoax, practical joke, etc: he did it for a gag
verb gags, gagging, gagged
3.
(intransitive) to tell jokes or funny stories, as comedians in nightclubs, etc
4.
(often foll by up) (theatre)

v.

mid-15c., “to choke, strangle,” possibly imitative or influenced by Old Norse gaghals “with head thrown back.” The sense of “stop a person’s mouth” is first attested c.1500. Related: Gagged; gagging.
n.

“joke,” 1863, probably related to theatrical sense of “matter interpolated in a written piece by the actor” (1847); or from the sense “made-up story” (1805); or from slang verbal sense of “to deceive, take in with talk” (1777), all perhaps on notion of “stuff, fill” (see gag (v.)).

“act of gagging,” 1550s, from gag (v.); figurative use from 1620s.

gag (gāg)
v. gagged, gag·ging, gags

n.
An instrument adjusted between the teeth to keep the mouth from closing during operations in the mouth or throat.

noun

[1864+; fr early 1800s British, ”soldier,” of unknown origin; perhaps fr the Sierra Leone Creole language Krio galut fr Spanish galeoto, ”galley slave”]

Equivalent to choke, but connotes more disgust. “Hey, this is Fortran code. No wonder the C compiler gagged.” See also barf.
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