choke up

choke up
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chohk uhp]
    • /tʃoʊk ʌp/
    • /tʃəʊk ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohk uhp]
    • /tʃoʊk ʌp/

Definitions of choke up words

  • verb choke up to block (a drain, pipe, etc) completely 3
  • verb choke up to overcome (a person) with emotion, esp without due cause 3
  • noun choke up to block up; clog 3
  • noun choke up to fill too full 3
  • noun choke up choke (sense 6) 3
  • noun choke up to be unable to speak, act efficiently, etc., as because of fear, strong emotion, tension, etc. 3

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Origin of choke up

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English choken, cheken, variant of achoken, acheken, Old English ācēocian to suffocate; akin to Old Norse kōk gullet

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Parts of speech for Choke up


choke up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

choke up usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for choke up

verb choke up

  • cry — When you cry, tears come from your eyes, usually because you are unhappy or hurt.
  • weep — to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry: to weep for joy; to weep with rage.
  • break down — If a machine or a vehicle breaks down, it stops working.
  • fail — to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning.
  • falter — to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.

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