Definitions of gag

  1. cause to retch or choke
  2. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; " he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
  3. be too tight; rub or press; " This neckband is choking the cat"
  4. restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
  5. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
  6. make jokes or quips; " The students were gagging during dinner"
  7. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; " he told a very funny joke"; " he knows a million gags"; " thanks for the laugh"; " he laughed unpleasantly at hisown jest"; " even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
  8. tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them; " The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"
  9. prevent from speaking out; " The press was gagged"
  10. To stop the mouth of, by thrusting sometimes in, so as to hinder speaking; hence, to silence by authority or by violence; not to allow freedom of speech to.
  11. To pry or hold open by means of a gag.
  12. To cause to heave with nausea.
  13. To heave with nausea; to retch.
  14. To introduce gags or interpolations. See Gag, n., 3.
  15. Something thrust into the mouth or throat to hinder speaking.
  16. A mouthful that makes one retch; a choking bit; as, a gag of mutton fat.
  17. A speech or phrase interpolated offhand by an actor on the stage in his part as written, usually consisting of some seasonable or local allusion.
  18. To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
  19. Something placed in the mouth to hinder speech.
  20. To stop the mouth of; silence by physical force or by law.
  21. To strain, as in the effort to vomit.
  22. Gagged.
  23. Gagging.
  24. 1. To retch; to cause to retch or heave. 2. An instrument adjusted between the teeth to keep the mouth from closing during operations on the tongue or in the throat.
  25. Instrument keeping jaws apart.
  26. To forcibly stop the mouth: to silence.
  27. Gagging; pa. p. gagged.
  28. Something thrust into the mouth or put over it to enforce silence.
  29. Something thrust into the mouth to hinder speech.
  30. To apply a gag to; to silence.
  31. To silence by force; nauseate or be nauseated.
  32. Any appliance for preventing utterance; any restraint upon speech.
  33. Something nauseating.
  34. An actor's interpolation in a play.
  35. Something thrust into the month to prevent speaking.
  36. To stop the mouth by thrusting something into it; to silence forcibly.
  37. Something put into the mouth to hinder speaking.
  38. To hinder speaking by thrusting something into the mouth, or in any other way.

Usage examples for gag

  1. What's the gag Dad? – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  2. A Northern man, he could gag and bind Kansas and force her into slavery against the will of her citizens. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  3. There was a yellow gag in her mouth; and her hands and feet were bound together with blue cords. – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  4. She was making sounds through her gag her eyes desperate. – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  5. The point, or the gag of a two- act is very much like that of the monologue. – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  6. This measure seemed so efficacious that a decree from the Parlement de Rouen, issued on the 13th of March, 1745, ordered the application of a gag or bit, for three hours every day, to the cattle under treatment. – On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment by Honoré Bourguignon
  7. It was certain that I had not told it to anybody, but as I was in the mood to tell it and had already one sen and a half in my hand, I would be a little rattled if a gag was put on me. – Botchan (Master Darling) by Mr. Kin-nosuke Natsume, trans. by Yasotaro Morri
  8. That's an old gag – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. The two men commenced to do as he told them and very soon had the straps off me, then they carried me between them towards the door after firmly securing the gag in my mouth. – A Queen's Error by Henry Curties
  10. The man was bound hand and foot, and a heavy gag was secured in his widely forced open mouth. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  11. For Mr. Mackie sang songs, imitated music- hall artistes, could " gag for a whole day on end, and never forget for a moment the immense success he was. – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  12. Or the gag goes on again. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. One of the boys has put a sign up on our billet and it says Noahs Ark on it and maybe you have heard that old gag Al about the big flood that everybody was drownded only Noah and his folks and a married couple of every kind of animals in the world and they wasn't drownded because Noah had a Ark for them to get in out of the wet. – The Real Dope by Ring Lardner
  14. " " G " " Gag i. – The Esperantist, Complete by Various
  15. Then Brandt took the gag from Bute's mouth, and he groaned, cursed, and pleaded by turns. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  16. " If either of you speak another word," said the half- caste smoothly, " I'll gag you till you choke." – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  17. But gag me first." – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  18. " Now loosen the gag and let him talk! – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  19. Do you believe all that gag about the bank and the bundle? – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing