verklempt

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Borrowed from Yiddish פֿאַרקלעמט(farklemt, depressed, distraught; choked up, extremely emotional, on the verge of tears; grieving), from German verklemmt (inhibited; (originally) hemmed in, squeezed), past participle of verklemmen (to clamp, jam), from ver- (an inseparable verbal prefix denoting a transition of an object into a state) + klemmen (to clamp, jam; to be jammed or stuck)[1] (ultimately from Proto-Germanic *klamjaną).

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verklempt (comparative more verklempt, superlative most verklempt)

  1. (US, colloquial) Overcome with emotion, choked up.
  2. (US, colloquial) Flustered, nervous, overwhelmed.

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  1. ^ verklempt, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2017.