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[choh-ker] /ˈtʃoʊ kər/
a person or thing that chokes.
a necklace that fits snugly around the neck.
a neckcloth or high collar.
a chain or cable used to haul logs from the woods.
Origin of choker
1545-55; choke + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for choker
  • We have a picture of her wearing it in a platinum choker.
  • We are now empowered with techniques that work, including holding his choker collar high and using short corrections.
  • There were also corsages or a cluster of flowers on a choker.
  • In a choker hitch, slings shall be long enough so that the choker fitting chokes on the wire rope body and never on the fitting.
  • The rated load for vertical basket hitch and choker hitch loadings.
  • Both ends of the choker were in plain view and had obvious damaged eyes that could cut or abrade the heavy-duty electrical cords.
  • He then took the hook attached to the chain sling and fastened it over the chain sling, creating a single choker hitch.
  • Always set the choker from the uphill side unless you are certain the log will not roll.
  • They shall not be hoisted or transported by means of magnets or choker slings.
  • Do not hoist or transport cylinders by means of magnets or choker slings.
British Dictionary definitions for choker


a woman's high collar, popular esp in the late 19th century
any neckband or necklace worn tightly around the throat
a high clerical collar; stock
a person who chokes
something that causes a person to choke
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Word Origin and History for choker

1550s, "one who chokes," agent noun from choke (v.). From 1848 as "large neckerchief;" as a kind of necklace, 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for choker


  1. Anything worn about the neck, such as a collar or necktie (1840s+)
  2. A short necklace (1920s+)
  3. A person who becomes ineffective because of tension or anxiety: Still, Jansen can't forget the sting of being called a ''choker'' (1980s+)
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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