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

     

    gag

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ɡæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæɡ//
     
     
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  1. 1a piece of cloth that is put over or in somebody’s mouth to stop them speaking
  2. 2an order that prevents something from being publicly reported or discussed a press gag a gag rule/order (= one given by a court of law)
  3. 3(informal) a joke or a funny story, especially one told by a professionalcomedian synonym joke to tell/crack a gag a running gag (= one that is regularly repeated during a performance)
  4. 4(especially North American English) a trick you play on somebody It was just a gag—we didn't mean to upset anyone.
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Middle English: perhaps related to Old Norse gagháls ‘with the neck thrown back’, or imitative of a person choking. noun senses 3 to 4 mid 19th cent. (originally theatrical slang): of unknown origin.Extra examples They tied him up and put a gag on him. a mixture of wit and instant visual gags a non-stop comedian, cracking gags by the dozen the movie’s best gags a running gag
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