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Noun: gag  gag
  1. A humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
    "he knows a million gags";
    - joke, laugh, jest, jape
     
  2. Restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
    - muzzle
     
  3. (law) a court order restricting information or comment by the participants involved in a lawsuit
    "imposing a gag order on members of the press violates the First Amendment";
    - gag order, gagging order [Brit]
Verb: gag (gagged,gagging)  gag
  1. Prevent from speaking out
    "The press was gagged";
    - muzzle
     
  2. Be too tight; rub or press
    "This neckband is gagging the cat";
    - choke, fret
     
  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";
    - muzzle
     
  4. Make jokes or quips
    "The students were gagging during dinner";
    - quip
     
  5. Struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged";
    - choke, strangle, suffocate
     
  6. Cause to retch or choke
    - choke
     
  7. Make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
    - heave, retch

Derived forms: gags, gagging, gagged

Type of: bind, compact, compress, constraint, constrict, contract, court order, drollness, humor [US], humour [Brit, Cdn], hurt, hush, hush up, jest, joke, press, quieten [Brit], restraint, shut up, sicken, silence, squeeze, still, suffer, tie, wit, witticism, wittiness

Encyclopedia: Gag