What does "________" mean? How is it used in a sentence?
   
 

book

 

Learn English  
  Blue Level  
  Red Level  
  Yellow Level  
  Green Level  
  Purple Level  
  Orange Level  
  Violet Level  
  Video Lessons  
  Links  
  American Speech  
  Chat  
  How to Learn  
  Vocabulary  
  U.S. Citizenship  
  Reading  

 

 

 

 


 
 

October 7, 2013 - Word of the Day

gag

 

The word "gag" has a few different meanings, depending on whether it's used as a verb or a noun.

When used as a verb, "gag" means to choke or have the feeling of choking, or it's a natural reflex of the tongue pushed to the back of the mouth to prevent an object from going down the throat:

  • Michelle gagged a little when the doctor swabbed the back of her throat.
  • Brian gagged on some brussel sprouts that his mother told him to eat.
  • The idea of eating an earthworm makes me want to gag.
  • That's so gross, it makes me want to gag.

When "gag" is used as a noun, it's a joke or a plan to create a funny situation.

  • Saturday Night Live is a television program well known for raunchy humor and politically-inspired gags.
  • Gags written for the performance weren't very funny.
  • Samantha has been the victim of several office gags over the last few years.

A gag can also be something that prevents a person from speaking:

  • The thieves tied up their victims and put gags in their mouths.
  • The judge imposed a gag order on everyone serving on the jury. (gag order = a legally-binding directive that comes from a judge)
  • The man was prevented from speaking through the use of a a gag placed in and around his mouth.

gag

He has a gag in his mouth.

 

Click here to learn more words.

 

 

 

 

Home | Your Teacher | Contact | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Terms Of Use

 

 

 

 

 

© 2013 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.