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GAG (gagged, gagging)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gag mean? 

GAG (noun)
  The noun GAG has 2 senses:

1. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
2. restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

  Familiarity information: GAG used as a noun is rare.


GAG (verb)
  The verb GAG has 7 senses:

1. prevent from speaking out
2. be too tight; rub or press
3. tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
4. make jokes or quips
5. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
6. cause to retch or choke
7. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

  Familiarity information: GAG used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GAG (noun)


Sense 1gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

gag; jape; jest; joke; laugh

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("gag" is a kind of...):

humor; humour; wit; witticism; wittiness (a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter)

Meronyms (parts of "gag"):

gag line; laugh line; punch line; tag line (the point of a joke or humorous story)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gag"):

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))


Sense 2gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gag; muzzle

Hypernyms ("gag" is a kind of...):

constraint; restraint (a device that retards something's motion)


GAG (verb)


Sense 1gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent from speaking out

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

gag; muzzle

Context example:

The press was gagged

Hypernyms (to "gag" is one way to...):

hush; hush up; quieten; shut up; silence; still (cause to be quiet or not talk)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to gag the prisoners


Sense 2gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be too tight; rub or press

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

choke; gag; fret

Context example:

This neckband is choking the cat

Hypernyms (to "gag" is one way to...):

compact; compress; constrict; contract; press; squeeze (squeeze or press together)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

muzzle; gag

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "gag" is one way to...):

bind; tie (fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make jokes or quips

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

quip; gag

Context example:

The students were gagging during dinner

Hypernyms (to "gag" is one way to...):

jest; joke (tell a joke; speak humorously)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

gag; choke; strangle; suffocate

Context example:

he swallowed a fishbone and gagged

Hypernyms (to "gag" is one way to...):

hurt; suffer (feel pain or be in pain)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s on something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 6gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to retch or choke

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

gag; choke

Hypernyms (to "gag" is one way to...):

sicken (make sick or ill)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 7gag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

retch; gag; heave

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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