gag Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “gag” in the English Dictionary

"gag" in British English

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gagnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡæɡ/

gag noun [C] (PIECE OF CLOTH)

a ​piece of ​cloth that is ​tied around a person's ​mouth or put inside it in ​order to ​stop the ​person from ​speaking, ​shouting, or ​calling for ​help: Her ​hands and ​feet were ​tied and a gag ​placed over her ​mouth.

gag noun [C] (JOKE)

informal a ​joke or ​funnystory, ​especially one told by a comedian (= ​person whose ​job is to make ​peoplelaugh): I did a few ​opening gags about the ​band that had ​played before me. US a ​trickplayed on someone or an ​actionperformed to ​entertain other ​people

gagverb

uk   us   /ɡæɡ/ (-gg-)

gag verb (ALMOST VOMIT)

[I] to ​experience the ​suddenuncomfortablefeeling of ​tightness in the ​throat and ​stomach that makes you ​feel like you are going to ​vomit: Just the ​smell of ​livercooking makes me gag. I ​tried my ​best to ​eat it but the ​meat was so ​fatty I gagged on it.

gag verb (PREVENT FROM TALKING)

[T] to put a gag on someone's ​mouth: He was bound and gagged and ​left in a ​cell for three ​days. [T often passive] to ​prevent a ​person or ​organization from ​talking or writing about a ​particularsubject: The ​media has ​obviously been gagged because nothing has been ​reported.

gag verb (BE EAGER)

be gagging for/to do sth UK slang to be very ​eager to do something: I was gagging for a ​pint of ​coldlager.be gagging for it slang to be very ​eager to have ​sex
(Definition of gag from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gag" in American English

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gagnoun [C]

 us   /ɡæɡ/

gag noun [C] (PIECE OF CLOTH)

a ​piece of ​cloth that is put over or in a person’s ​mouth to ​stop the ​person from ​speaking, ​shouting, or ​calling for ​help: The ​thievestied him to a ​chair and put a gag over his ​mouth.

gag noun [C] (JOKE)

infml a ​joke, or an ​amusingtrick: He used to write gags for a talk-show ​host.

gagverb

 us   /ɡæɡ/ (-gg-)

gag verb (ALMOST VOMIT)

[I] to ​experience the ​sudden, ​uncomfortablefeeling in the ​throat and ​stomach that makes you ​feel that you are going to ​vomit: The ​smell of ​burningrubber made him gag.

gag verb (COVER WITH PIECE OF CLOTH)

[T] to put a ​piece of ​cloth over or in a person's ​mouth to ​stop the ​person from ​speaking, ​shouting, or ​calling for ​help: He was ​leftbound and gagged until the next ​morning.
(Definition of gag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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