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From choke +‎ -er.

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choker (plural chokers)

  1. A piece of jewelry or ornamental fabric, worn as a necklace, tight to the throat.
    • 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 292:
      Anne Talbot looked demurely ravishing, as was her intention, in a very low-cut evening frock of bottle-green, choker of Kelantan silver, earrings in the shape of krises.
    • 2010, Alice Fisher, The Observer, 24 Oct 2010:
      She appears on the 90th anniversary issue of French Vogue wearing nothing but a mask, gloves and a choker – everything but her now iconic gap-toothed pout and impressive cleavage is obscured.
  2. One who, or that which, chokes or strangles.
    • 1990, Janet Husband, ‎Jonathan F. Husband, Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series (page 199)
      The Yorkshire Choker, a serial killer who quotes Shakespeare, is pursued by Dalziel and Pascoe.
  3. One who operates the choke of an engine during ignition.
  4. (slang) Any disappointing or upsetting circumstance.
    I lost £100 on the horses today — what a choker!
  5. One who performs badly at an important part of a competition because they are nervous, especially when winning.
  6. A loop of cable fastened around a log to haul it.

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