gag

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From Middle English gaggen, possibly imitative or perhaps related to or influenced by Old Norse gaghals ("with head thrown backwards"; > Norwegian dialectal gag ‎(bent backwards)), from Proto-Germanic *gaga ‎(bent backwards).

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gag ‎(plural gags)

  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. (law) An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject.
  3. A joke or other mischievous prank.
    • 2012 May 20, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992)”[1], The Onion AV Club:
      We all know how genius “Kamp Krusty,” “A Streetcar Named Marge,” “Homer The Heretic,” “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie” and “Mr. Plow” are, but even the relatively unheralded episodes offer wall-to-wall laughs and some of the smartest, darkest, and weirdest gags ever Trojan-horsed into a network cartoon with a massive family audience.
  4. A convulsion of the upper digestive tract.
  5. (archaic) A mouthful that makes one retch or choke.
    a gag of mutton fat
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lamb to this entry?)

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gag ‎(third-person singular simple present gags, present participle gagging, simple past and past participle gagged)

  1. (intransitive) To experience the vomiting reflex.
    He gagged when he saw the open wound.
  2. (transitive) To cause to heave with nausea.
  3. (transitive) To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, The Fate of the Artemis[2]:
      “[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck ; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”
    The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To restrain someone's speech without using physical means.
    When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      The time was not yet come when eloquence was to be gagged, and reason to be hoodwinked.
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To pry or hold open by means of a gag.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Fortescue (translation)
      mouths gagged to such a wideness
  6. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (transitive, US military, slang) To smoke: to order a recruit to exercise until they gag.

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Occitan[edit]

Noun[edit]

gag m (plural gags)

  1. jay

Spanish[edit]

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gag m ‎(plural gags)

  1. gag (joke)