|Origin:||Probably from the sound of someone being prevented from breathing|
gag1 past tense and past participle gagged, present participle gagging
to be unable to swallow and feel as if you are about to bring up food from your stomach:
The foul smell made her gag.
He almost gagged on his first mouthful of food.
to put a piece of cloth over someone's mouth to stop them making a noise:
Thugs gagged her and tied her to a chair.
He left his victim bound and gagged (=tied up and with something over their mouth that stops them speaking).
to stop people saying what they want to say and expressing their opinions: ➔ gag order, gag rule
an attempt to gag political activists
4 British English informal
to be very eager to do or have something:
They were gagging to sign the contract.
5 British English informal
to be very eager to have sex