What does gag mean?

Definitions for gaggæg

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gag.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. joke, gag, laugh, jest, jape(noun)

    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 his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"

  2. gag, muzzle(verb)

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

  3. gag, muzzle(verb)

    prevent from speaking out

    "The press was gagged"

  4. choke, gag, fret(verb)

    be too tight; rub or press

    "This neckband is choking the cat"

  5. gag, muzzle(verb)

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

    "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"

  6. gag, quip(verb)

    make jokes or quips

    "The students were gagging during dinner"

  7. gag, choke, strangle, suffocate(verb)

    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

    "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

  8. gag, choke(verb)

    cause to retch or choke

  9. gag, heave, retch(verb)

    make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit


  1. gag(Noun)

    A device to restrain speech, such as a rag in the mouth secured with tape or a rubber ball threaded onto a cord or strap.

  2. gag(Noun)

    An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject.

  3. gag(Noun)

    A joke or other mischievous prank.

  4. gag(Noun)

    A convulsion of the upper digestive tract.

  5. gag(Verb)

    To experience the vomiting reflex.

    He gagged when he saw the open wound.

  6. gag(Verb)

    To smoke: to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration).

  7. gag(Verb)

    To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.

    The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape.

  8. gag(Verb)

    To restrain someone's speech without using physical means.

    When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.

  9. gag(Abbreviation)

    group specific antigens

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gag(verb)

    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

  2. Gag(verb)

    to pry or hold open by means of a gag

  3. Gag(verb)

    to cause to heave with nausea

  4. Gag(verb)

    to heave with nausea; to retch

  5. Gag(verb)

    to introduce gags or interpolations. See Gag, n., 3

  6. Gag(noun)

    something thrust into the mouth or throat to hinder speaking

  7. Gag(noun)

    a mouthful that makes one retch; a choking bit; as, a gag of mutton fat

  8. Gag(noun)

    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

  9. Origin: [Prob. fr. W. cegio to choke or strangle, fr. ceg mouth, opening, entrance.]


  1. Gag

    A gag is usually a device designed to prevent speech, often as a restraint device to stop the subject from calling for help. This is usually done by blocking the mouth, partially or completely, or attempting to prevent the tongue, lips, or jaw from moving in the normal patterns of speech. They are often less effective in reality than in crime fiction. They carry a strong risk of killing the victim by suffocation. The more "effective" a gag appears to be, the more hazardous it is: for example, duct tape is fairly effective but is hazardous if for some reason the subject cannot breathe freely through the nose. The use of gags is commonly depicted in crime fiction, particularly in comics and novels. It it also often used in movies, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and its sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Very rarely, courts have been known to gag unruly defendants; Bobby Seale was the most famous case. Occasionally a cloth over-the-mouth gag is used not to prevent speech but to keep dust and aerosols out of the lungs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gag

    gag, v.t. to forcibly stop the mouth: to silence: to choke up: to introduce gag into a piece:—pr.p. gag′ging; pa.p. gagged.—n. something thrust into the mouth or put over it to enforce silence, or distend the jaws during an operation: the closure applied in a debate: a mouthful which produces nausea, the fat of fresh beef boiled: (slang) an actor's interpolation: a joke or hoax.—n. Gag′ger, one who gags. [Prob. imitative of sound made in choking.]

  2. Gag

    gag, v.t. (slang) to deceive.—v.i. to practise imposture.—n. a made-up story, lie: (U.S.) a laughing-stock.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gag in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charlie Chaplin:

    In the end, everything is a gag.

  2. The Committee to Protect Journalists:

    Authorities ought to protect, not gag journalists on the job.

  3. Fadli Zon:

    This could become an instrument for the government to gag those who criticize the president.

  4. Darrien Hunt:

    To me it was a gag order — 'Here's some hush money, don't ever say Darrien's name again,'.

  5. The Committee to Protect Journalists:

    Authorities ought to protect, not gag journalists on the job. talking to all parties involved in a conflict is just good journalism.

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