querk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English querken, from Old English *cwiercan, *cweorcan(to throttle, smother), from *cweorc(throat), from Proto-Germanic *kwerkō(gullet, throat), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷergʷ-, *gʷerkʷ-, *gʷerw-(throat, neck). Cognate with North Frisian querke, quirke(to querk), Danish kværke(to throttle, strangle, suffocate), Icelandic kyrkja, kvirkja(to throttle, strangle), Latin gurguliō(throat). More at gurgle.

Verb[edit]

querk (third-person singular simple present querks, present participle querking, simple past and past participle querked)

  1. (transitive) To throttle; choke; stifle; suffocate.
  2. (intransitive) To grunt; moan.

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