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English noun: gag

1. gag (communication) a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

SamplesHe told a very funny joke.
He knows a million gags.
Thanks for the laugh.
He laughed unpleasantly at his own jest.
Even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point.

Synonymsjape, jest, joke, laugh

Broader (hypernym)humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

Narrower (hyponym)belly laugh, blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story, ethnic joke, funny, funny remark, funny story, good story, howler, in-joke, one-liner, riot, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, thigh-slapper, visual joke, wow

Part holonymgag line, laugh line, punch line, tag line

2. gag (artifact) restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint

English verb: gag

1. gag (perception) prevent from speaking out

SamplesThe press was gagged.

ExamplesThey want to gag the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still

2. gag (contact) be too tight; rub or press

SamplesThis neckband is choking the cat.

Synonymschoke, fret

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

3. gag (contact) tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them

SamplesThe burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bind, tie

4. gag (communication) make jokes or quips

SamplesThe students were gagging during dinner.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)jest, joke

5. gag (body) struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

SamplesHe swallowed a fishbone and gagged.

Synonymschoke, strangle, suffocate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hurt, suffer

6. gag (body) cause to retch or choke


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)sicken

7. gag (body) make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Synonymsheave, retch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

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