• "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
    "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gag make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
    • v gag cause to retch or choke
    • v gag struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
    • v gag make jokes or quips "The students were gagging during dinner"
    • v gag tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"
    • v gag be too tight; rub or press "This neckband is choking the cat"
    • v gag prevent from speaking out "The press was gagged"
    • n gag restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
    • n gag 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 his own jest","even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gag A mouthful that makes one retch; a choking bit; as, a gag of mutton fat.
    • Gag 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.
    • Gag Something thrust into the mouth or throat to hinder speaking.
    • Gag To cause to heave with nausea.
    • Gag To heave with nausea; to retch.
    • Gag To introduce gags or interpolations. See Gag n., 3.
    • Gag To pry or hold open by means of a gag. "Mouths gagged to such a wideness."
    • Gag 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gag To stop up the mouth or throat of (a person) with some solid body, so as to prevent him from speaking; hence, to silence by authority or by violence; restrain from freedom of speech.
    • gag To pry or keep open by means of a gag.
    • gag To cause to heave with nausea.
    • gag To stop or choke up, as a valve or passage.
    • gag To introduce interpolations into: as, to gag a part.
    • gag To play jokes upon; joke; guy.
    • gag Synonyms Gag, Muzzle, Muffle; stifle. To gag is to silence by thrusting something into the mouth and securing it in place. To muzzle a dog, or other creature having a projecting mouth, is to incase the mouth and nose (muzzle) in a framework called a muzzle, in order to prevent him from biting or eating. Both gag and muzzle are sometimes used figuratively for the act of silencing effectively by moral compulsion, gag implying also roughness or severity in the performance: as, a muzzled press; to gag a public speaker by threats of violence. To muffle is primarily to conceal by wrapping up, but the word has a secondary use to express the deadening of sound, by wrapping (as an oar) or otherwise (as a drum).
    • gag To retch; heave with nausea.
    • gag To interpolate words of one's own into one's part: said of an actor.
    • n gag Something thrust into the mouth or throat to prevent speech or outcry; hence, any violent or authoritative suppression of freedom of speech.
    • n gag A mouthful which produces nausea and retching, or threatens with choking.
    • n gag An apparatus or device for distending the jaws, such as is used in various surgical operations; hence, anything used to pry or keep open the jaws.
    • n gag In coal-mining, a chip of wood in a sinking pit-bottom or sump.
    • n gag An interpolation introduced by an actor into his part, whether in accordance with custom or with his own fancy.
    • n gag A joke, especially a practical joke; a farce; a hoax.
    • n gag A common name of Mycteroperca microlepis, a large serranoid fish, attaining a length of two or three feet: found on the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gag gag to forcibly stop the mouth: to silence: to choke up: to introduce gag into a piece
    • pr.p Gag gag′ging; pa.p. gagged
    • n Gag something thrust into the mouth or put over it to enforce silence, or distend the jaws during an operation: the closure applied in a debate: a mouthful which produces nausea, the fat of fresh beef boiled:
    • v.t Gag gag (slang) to deceive
    • Gag v.i. to practise imposture.—n. a made-up story, lie:
    • n Gag (slang) an actor's interpolation: a joke or hoax
    • Gag (U.S.) a laughing-stock
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  • Charlie Chaplin
    “In the end, everything is a gag.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't gag people with welfare, they'll never make an effort.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. W. cegio, to choke or strangle, fr. ceg, mouth, opening, entrance


In literature:

He feasted on her sense of shame and on the angry twitchings of the musician, tied, bound, and gagged.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I think I should insist on having our villain gagged.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
Evidently Pierre had been summarily gagged.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
But this is a commercial gag!
"Mother America" by Sam McClatchie
Tearing a sheet into strips, he tied the man to the cot and gagged him.
"Next Door, Next World" by Robert Donald Locke
In a moment I was securely bound and gagged.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Capture him, bind, gag, and carry him to your meeting-place under the cliff, and let me know.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
It was cut short by a cotton gag in his mouth.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He can't gag himself with a pretended illness forever!
"No Clue" by James Hay
I fastened the knots securely, yet so as to cause him the least suffering, and then proceeded to improvise a gag.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens

In poetry:

Our singers sing soft and pretty,
none shouts in warning tones;
our prophets are muffled and gagged,
and our mouths as dumb as stones.
"Nation Of The Blind" by Ian Mudie
His dearest friends are crushed and torn
Asunder, ne'er to meet again.
Fettered and branded, gagged and borne
Where moral death and darkness reign.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Then came Sir Kay, the seneschal, and cried,
'A boon, Sir King! even that thou grant her none,
This railer, that hath mocked thee in full hall—
None; or the wholesome boon of gyve and gag.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
A feller in the firin' line,
Tied up with sich a gag,
Who has to curse by look an' sign,
He fair gets out the rag.
An' so, I ses, each time I shoots,
"I'll teach you, you - you - you - you broots!"
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis
Sons of the granite hills, awake!
Ye're on a mighty stream afloat,
With all your liberties at stake;—
A faithless pilot's on your boat!
And, while ye've lain asleep, ye're snagged Nor can ye cry for help,—YE'RE GAGGED!
"The Gag" by John Pierpont
Let not the winds go thus at large,
That now o'er all your hills career,—
Your Sunapee and Kearsarge,—
Nay, nay, methinks the bounding deer
That, like the winds, sweep round their hill,
Should all be gagged, to keep them still.
"The Gag" by John Pierpont

In news:

(Updated 11:36am) Judge denies gag order in SC fire lawsuits.
The top 5 useless gag gifts.
The top 5 usesless gag gifts.
Judge denies gag order request in Gabbiee Swainson case.
Phish's 2012 New Year's Eve Gag , Part 1: Scenic.
Bravo 'Real Housewives' Star Kim Zolciak Files Gag Order on Her Parents.
Court date set in Southaven mayor gag order hearing.
Defense Seeks Gag Order In Kevin Sweat Case.
EPA's gag order on Columbia outrageous.
Attorney alleges Southaven mayor violated gag order.
For our season finale, The Blitz Show has compiled all of the funniest gags and goofs from the 2012 season.
A gag on nuclear workers.
Council reverses gag order on school food blogger Martha Payne, 9, after online protest.
Judge removes CU from James Holmes gag order.
Judge reconsiders gag order on Jo'Anna Bird police report.

In science:

If g ∈ SLd(k) we denote by ag the conjugate gag−1 .
Uniform independence in linear groups
The group GLK (C) acts freely on ˜H (K ) by the rule g · (A, B ; v , w) = (gAg−1 , gB g−1 ; gv , wg−1 ) and the quotient ˜H (K )/GLK (C) is the Hilbert scheme of K points on the plane, denoted HilbK C2 .
Quiver varieties, category O for rational Cherednik algebras, and Hecke algebras
Given a group grading A = ⊕g∈GAg , it will be always assumed that the group G is generated by its subset {g ∈ G : Ag 6= 0}.
Gradings on symmetric composition algebras
It is clear that if the given grading A = ⊕g∈GAg is already a group grading with abelian G, then G is a quotient of the universal grading group ˆG and the given grading is equivalent to the new grading A = ⊕γ∈ ˆGAγ (here the automorphism ϕ can be taken to be the identity).
Gradings on symmetric composition algebras
Consider the associated bundle of Fredholm operators F red(H ) on G0 , and the subbundle F red′ (H ) of operators A for which the action g → gAg−1 is continuous.
Twisted equivariant K-theory, groupoids and proper actions