Definition of choke noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃəʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃoʊk//
    Parts of a car
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  1. 1a device that controls the amount of air flowing into the engine of a vehicle the choke button If the car won’t start, try giving it a bit more choke (= reducing the flow of air into the engine by pulling out the choke). See related entries: Parts of a car
  2. 2an act or the sound of choking She gave a little choke of laughter.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old English ācēocian (verb), from cēoce ‘cheek, jaw’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kaak.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: choke