gag

A gag is a piece of cloth that's tied around a person's face to keep them from speaking or being heard. Cartoon bad guys often tie up their victims and put gags over their mouths.

To use a gag for shutting someone up is to gag them. Both the noun and verb forms of gag can also be figurative: "Her government is trying to gag her by censoring her," or "The lack of a right to free speech in some countries is a gag." Another way to gag is to retch, or begin to vomit. The root of gag is probably the Old Norse gag-hals, "with head thrown back."

Primary Meanings of gag

1.
nv
restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
prevent from speaking out
2.
v
cause to retch or choke
3.
nv
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
make jokes or quips
Full Definitions of gag
1

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

Synonyms:
muzzle
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

v prevent from speaking out

“The press was gagged
Synonyms:
muzzle
Type of:
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk

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

“The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair”
Synonyms:
muzzle
Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

v struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

“he swallowed a fishbone and gagged
Synonyms:
choke, strangle, suffocate
Type of:
hurt, suffer
feel pain or be in pain

v be too tight; rub or press

Synonyms:
choke, fret
Type of:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
squeeze or press together
2

v cause to retch or choke

Synonyms:
choke
Type of:
sicken
make sick or ill

v make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Synonyms:
heave, retch
3

n a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

“he knows a million gags
Synonyms:
jape, jest, joke, laugh
Types:
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belly laugh, howler, riot, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow
a joke that seems extremely funny
blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story
an indelicate joke
ethnic joke
a joke at the expense of some ethnic group
funny, funny remark, funny story, good story
an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)
in-joke
a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
one-liner
a one-line joke
shaggy dog story
a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
sick joke
a joke in bad taste
sight gag, visual joke
a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
Type of:
humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

v make jokes or quips

“The students were gagging during dinner”
Synonyms:
quip
Type of:
jest, joke
tell a joke; speak humorously

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