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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bound and gagged (=tied up, and with cloth tied around your mouth so you cannot speak)
gag order
gag rule
▪ I could hardly eat the fish without gagging.
▪ I heard him gagging and coughing.
▪ Janir took a sip of the medicine and gagged at the vile taste.
▪ Joe gagged on his first cigarette, red-faced and choking.
▪ The government has once again used concerns about "National Security' as an excuse to gag the press.
▪ The mayor was accused of trying to gag the media.
▪ The price of these tickets is enough to make anyone gag.
▪ The prime minister has been accused of attempting to gag members of his government who do not agree with his policies.
▪ He half expected to see some naked tourist in the corner, bound and gagged.
▪ He tried to swallow but gagged.
▪ He wailed and gagged as people walked by.
▪ Of course there are laws and restrictions to gag over, but the record holds no particular shame.
▪ Talk about gagging on your Goobers.
▪ The forest opened into a large clearing and she gagged as she saw the slaughter within.
▪ They shouldered their paddles and again laughed, though this time the laughter was muted, gagged by the just-offshore wind.
▪ Time allowed 00:16 Read in studio Masked raiders have bound and gagged a shop manager before escaping with two thousand pounds cash.
▪ I remember good learning and running gags and reasonable ambition.
▪ She didn't mind the running gag but argued that a programme director should remain anonymous.
▪ And let's face it, as a running gag, it really wasn't up to much.
▪ He started the show with a few old gags about mothers-in-law.
▪ He wrote gags for the Jack Benny show.
▪ His first job was writing gags for a famous comedian.
▪ Cattelan's work is a see-once-then-forget-it gag.
▪ Even Fergie got a mention in a spurious gag about how he and the Royal got together.
▪ In the midst of them, a gag tied tightly about her mouth, was a woman.
▪ Some first-time eaters may become alarmed as this happens, thinking they have somehow become the victim of a time-lapse photography gag.
▪ The playwright pounces upon the gags like a poodle going after the petits fours.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gag \Gag\, v. i.

  1. To heave with nausea; to retch.

  2. To introduce gags or interpolations. See Gag, n.,

  3. [Slang]
    --Cornill Mag.


Gag \Gag\, n.

  1. Something thrust into the mouth or throat to hinder speaking.

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

  3. 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. [Slang]

  4. a remark or act causing laughter.

  5. . A prank.

    Gag rein (Harness), a rein for drawing the bit upward in the horse's mouth.

    Gag runner (Harness), a loop on the throat latch guiding the gag rein.


Gag \Gag\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Gagging.] [Prob. fr. W. cegio to choke or strangle, fr. ceg mouth, opening, entrance.]

  1. 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.

    The time was not yet come when eloquence was to be gagged, and reason to be hood winked.

  2. To pry or hold open by means of a gag.

    Mouths gagged to such a wideness.
    --Fortescue (Transl.).

  3. To cause to heave with nausea.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., transitive, "to choke, strangle" (someone), possibly imitative and perhaps influenced by Old Norse gag-hals "with head thrown back." The sense of "stop a person's mouth by thrusting something into it" is first attested c.1500. Intransitive sense of "to retch" is from 1707. Transitive meaning "cause to heave with nausea" is from 1945. Related: Gagged; gagging.


"a joke," 1863, especially a practical joke, probably related to theatrical sense of "matter interpolated in a written piece by the actor" (1847); or from the sense "made-up story" (1805); or from slang verbal sense of "to deceive, take in with talk" (1777), all of which perhaps are from gag (v.) on the notion of "to stuff, fill" (see gag (v.)). Gagster "comedian" is by 1932.


"something thrust into the mouth or throat to prevent speaking," 1550s, from gag (v.); figurative use, "violent or authoritative repression of speech," is from 1620s.


abbr. group specific antigens n. 1 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 (context legal English) An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject. 3 A joke or other mischievous prank. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To experience the vomiting reflex. 2 (context transitive English) To cause to heave with nause

  1. 3 (rfc-sense) (context U.S. Army slang English) To smoke#Transitive_verb: to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration). 4 (context transitive English) To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.

  1. n. 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 hisown jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point" [syn: joke, laugh, jest, jape]

  2. restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting [syn: muzzle]

  3. [also: gagging, gagged]

  1. v. prevent from speaking out; "The press was gagged" [syn: muzzle]

  2. be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" [syn: choke, fret]

  3. tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them; "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair" [syn: muzzle]

  4. make jokes or quips; "The students were gagging during dinner" [syn: quip]

  5. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged" [syn: choke, strangle, suffocate]

  6. cause to retch or choke [syn: choke]

  7. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit [syn: heave, retch]

  8. [also: gagging, gagged]


A gag is usually an item or device designed to prevent speech, often as a restraint device to stop the subject from calling for help and keep its wearer quiet. 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. The more "effective" a gag appears to be, the more hazardous it is: for example, duct tape is fairly effective at keeping one's mouth shut but is hazardous if for some reason (e.g., the common cold) the subject cannot breathe freely through the nose. For this reason, a gagged person should never be left alone.

The use of gags is commonly depicted in soap operas and crime fiction, particularly in comics and novels. It is 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 is one example.

During the filming of Rope, a camera operator's foot was broken by a heavy dolly during one intensive take, and to stop his vocal noises from being recorded on the film he was gagged and hauled out of the studio so that filming could continue without interruption.

Occasionally a cloth over-the-mouth gag is used not to prevent speech but to keep dust and aerosols out of the lungs.

Gag (BDSM)

A gag is a device sometimes worn during sexual bondage and BDSM roleplay. Gags are usually associated with roleplays involving bondage, but that is not necessarily the case. The person who wears the gag is regarded as the submissive partner, while the other is regarded as the dominant one.

People may wear gags for a variety of reasons. Some people derive erotic pleasure from a gag, either in a submissive or dominant role. When combined with other physical restraints, the wearing of a gag can increase the wearer's sense of helplessness and anxiety level within a BDSM scene by rendering them unable to speak during sexual activity, which some people enjoy.

For some people, gags have connotations of punishment and control, and thus can be used as a form of humiliation. To some, wearing a gag without restraints is still an act of humiliation, as is an open mouth gag. Some fetishists are sexually aroused by the sound gagged people make when they try to speak, or by seeing a person drool uncontrollably.

The type of gag used depends on the tastes of the parties and the type of roleplay scene, what is available at the time, and safety considerations. Some gags are designed to fill the mouth, while others are designed to provide access to the mouth by forcing the mouth open. Gags may be classified as over-the-mouth type, mouth stuffing type or mouth opening type.

When a person is sexually aroused by gags, it may be considered a paraphilia. One specific gag paraphilia relates to video depictions in which the captor gags the damsel in distress to stop her screaming for help. Some people are sexually aroused by such imagery, even if there is no nudity or sexual act present, or even if the victim is only gagged but not restrained in any way.

Gag (disambiguation)

The word gag or the acronym GAG can refer to:

Gag (album)

Gag is an album released in 1984 by British musician Fad Gadget. It is a combination of electronica and industrial styles, and features the German band Einstürzende Neubauten on the second track, "Collapsing New People", which was also released as a single. ("Einstürzende Neubauten" translates as "Collapsing new buildings - specifically, tower blocks".)

Recorded for Mute Records in 1984, Gag was a fairly experimental, and ultimately, not a commercial album.

Gag (medical device)

thumb|right|300px|Jennings gag In the context of surgery or dental surgery, a gag is a device used to hold the patient's mouth open when working in the oral cavity, or to force the mouth open when it cannot open naturally because of forward dislocation of the jaw joint's intraarticular cartilage pad. Applications for medical gags include oral surgery and airway management. Gag designs, like other medical instrument designs, are often named after their inventors. Common examples of medical gags include the Jennings, Whitehead, and Hallam gags.

  • The Whitehead gag --invented in 1877 by Walter Whitehead (1840-1913), a surgeon in Manchester, England1-- consists of two hinged metal frames that wrap around the front of the patient's head and which have sections bent to fit between the front teeth. When spread apart, the frames separate the jaws, holding the mouth open. The desired degree of separation is set and maintained by a ratchet mechanism on each side of the frame.
  • In Jennings gags --which are very similar in other respects-- there is a ratchet on only one side.

Usage examples of "gag".

Gagged, tied and hanging naked by her ankles, Lynda Gough was abused sexually by both Frederick and Rosemary West.

Another showed a young woman apparently drugged, and then gagged with masking tape, before being abused by two men.

El sprang back, gagging, but the bones and the horrible puddle that had been Nadrathen were already afire, blazing from within.

Sasaki gagged the lieutenant with the ripped-up T-shirt Akers and Marks had used to bind their fists.

The cheese - cloth gag got a hole bitten through it as Asey went at the remaining knots with everything he had.

Poke and Lloyd would crash in on George, tie him and gag him, take the stuff, and maybe give him a couple of biffs and baffs for good measure.

She exchanged a twinkly look with Saturn: having a bit of harmless fun baiting the gager.

Virlane reached out and wrapped a paw around Bitsy, he suddenly had the urge to stuff a gag in her mouth, instead he just shook his head and the two of them vanished from the tower room.

The time ticked over, but the Saint was too old a hand to be rattled by any such primitive device, and he leaned nonchalantly against the wall and waited patiently for Bittle to realize that the cat-and-mouse gag was getting no laughs that journey.

Gagged and blindfolded she had no other way of begging Auda to stop the cruel treatment.

So was Bures, and now Currald, apparently unconscious, vomited copiously, gagging on it.

The location of the lady herself I did not know, but I had little doubt she was in a safe place, probably blindfolded, gagged and chained to a tree somewhere.

Reuben lit a citronella candle to drive them away, but the smell made Ponter gag.

It was unlocked from the other side and Kyle opened it to reveal Graham bound and gagged on the couchette opposite the door, and Hendrique standing over him holding a Franchi Spas shotgun inches from his chest.

The musky snake odor of the vampire mingled with the curdled whale-meat stench of the giant horror, odors so rank Johan wanted to gag.