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[gag] /gæg/
noun
1.
a joke, especially one introduced into a script or an actor's part.
2.
any contrived piece of wordplay or horseplay.
verb (used without object), gagged, gagging.
3.
to tell jokes or make amusing remarks.
4.
to introduce gags in acting.
5.
to play on another's credulity, as by telling false stories.
verb (used with object), gagged, gagging.
6.
to introduce usually comic interpolations into (a script, an actor's part, or the like) (usually followed by up).
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; perhaps special use of gag1; compare Old Norse gagg yelp
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British Dictionary definitions for gag up

gag1

/ɡæɡ/
verb gags, gagging, gagged
1.
(transitive) to stop up (a person's mouth), esp with a piece of cloth, etc, to prevent him or her from speaking or crying out
2.
(transitive) to suppress or censor (free expression, information, etc)
3.
to retch or cause to retch
4.
(intransitive) to struggle for breath; choke
5.
(transitive) to hold (the jaws) of (a person or animal) apart with a surgical gag
6.
(transitive) to apply a gag-bit to (a horse)
7.
(slang) be gagging for, be gagging to, to be very eager to have or do something
noun
8.
a piece of cloth, rope, etc, stuffed into or tied across the mouth
9.
any restraint on or suppression of information, free speech, etc
10.
a surgical device for keeping the jaws apart, as during a tonsillectomy
11.
(parliamentary procedure) another word for closure (sense 4)
Word Origin
C15 gaggen; perhaps imitative of a gasping sound

gag2

/ɡæɡ/
noun
1.
a joke or humorous story, esp one told by a professional comedian
2.
a hoax, practical joke, etc he did it for a gag
verb gags, gagging, gagged
3.
(intransitive) to tell jokes or funny stories, as comedians in nightclubs, etc
4.
(often foll by up) (theatre)
  1. to interpolate lines or business not in the actor's stage part, usually comic and improvised
  2. to perform a stage jest, either spoken or based on movement
Word Origin
C19: perhaps special use of gag1
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Word Origin and History for gag up
gag
mid-15c., "to choke, strangle," possibly imitative or influenced by O.N. gaghals "with head thrown back." The sense of "stop a person's mouth" is first attested c.1500. Related: Gagged; gagging. The noun is 1550s, from the verb.
gag
"joke," 1823, probably related to theatrical sense of "matter interpolated in a written piece by the actor" (1847), or from slang verbal sense of "to deceive, take in with talk" (1777), both on notion of "stuff, fill" (see gag (v.)).
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gag up in Medicine

gag (gāg)
v. gagged, gag·ging, gags

  1. To choke, retch, or undergo a regurgitative spasm.

  2. To prevent from talking.

n.
An instrument adjusted between the teeth to keep the mouth from closing during operations in the mouth or throat.
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Slang definitions & phrases for gag up

gag

noun
  1. A joke; wisecrack; trick: I'll tell you gags, I'll sing you songs (1823+)
  2. To deceive; hoax; scam, take in: boorish man •Very often in the phrase big galoot: large enough for the galoots to fit through and take over/ ''I really love that galoot,'' said Harry

[1864+; fr early 1800s British, ''soldier,'' of unknown origin; perhaps fr the Sierra Leone Creole language Krio galut fr Spanish galeoto, ''galley slave'']


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Related Abbreviations for gag up

GAG

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