Definition of choker in English:

choker

noun

  • 1A necklace or band of fabric that fits closely around the neck.

    ‘her only ornament was a simple pearl choker’
    • ‘Elise's jewellery is distinguished by large stones such as rose crystal, turquoise and coral, strung together to make chunky chokers and necklaces - often with quirky bits and bobs attached.’
    • ‘Finally Taylor drew an anklet and bracelet that matched the choker half of the necklace.’
    • ‘She makes each piece of her jewellery - chokers, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watchbands - out of literally hundreds of the little suckers.’
    • ‘My metal good luck charms, chains, necklaces, choker and earrings all clashed against the brick of the hearth.’
    • ‘Then she armed herself with wristbands, bracelets, and chokers.’
    • ‘Finger-rings and ear-studs, stone necklaces and ornamental chokers, brightly hued bracelets and innovatively shaped pendants are there in rich profusion.’
    • ‘I fiddle with the drawing from last night's barely-remembered dream and pick up some of my spiked jewelry, two leather bracelets and a choker, from my bedside table and slide them on.’
    • ‘Diamonds, chokers, necklaces, bracelets, and a silver diadem were added to the pendant that Skye had put on in Derick's attic.’
    • ‘She dried and styled her hair in waves, then put on her spike choker and heart earrings to finish the outfit.’
    • ‘Necklaces, rings, bracelets, anklets, chokers, earrings, and some articles I couldn't have begun to guess at dazzled my vision.’
    • ‘I move back over to my dresser and find my spiked jewelry and put on as much as I can fit: bracelets, anklets, chokers, and a belt.’
    • ‘The collection, featuring pieces for both men and women ranging from chokers, bracelets and ear-rings to cufflinks, will provide an exciting fusion of glamour and technology.’
    • ‘She has on large gold hoop earrings, a gold choker with a red gem embedded in the middle and several gold bangles.’
    • ‘Look out too for sequins on handbags, shoes, and even accessories like chokers and bracelets.’
    • ‘Bangles and bracelets, earrings and ear-tops, necklaces and chokers, from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan make for a visual treat.’
    • ‘I have no badges, no anklets, bracelets, or chokers, no chains, no rings.’
    • ‘Aubrey put the choker on, a bracelet around each wrist and the remaining bracelet around her right ankle.’
    • ‘She wore gauntlets, earrings, and some chokers at her neck.’
    • ‘The earrings, chains, chokers and necklaces stood out for their designs - elegant but subdued, stylish yet not loud.’
    • ‘Over the years Michele's designs continued to evolve from napkin holders and bracelets to earrings, necklaces, chokers and hair accessories at a rapid pace.’
    1. 1.1dated A clerical or other high collar.
      • ‘He was eight years old when he and other boys, dressed in their Sunday special outfits of swallow-tail coats with a white choker collar, formed a guard of honour for Mr Thompson before a wonderful tea was served.’
      • ‘Sorrow and I looked around at the chokers and collars.’
  • 2North American A cable looped round a log to drag it.

    • ‘We lowered a man inside the pipe, he wrapped a choker around the auger, and we pulled the auger out.’
    rope, cord, line, guy, piece of cordage
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  • 3informal An extremely upsetting experience.

    ‘saying our farewells—that was a bit of a choker’
    • ‘But when we drew Middlesbrough in the next round I was left out of the team, which was a bit of a choker.’
    • ‘Spurs 3-5 Manchester United: What a choker.’
  • 4informal A sports player who fails to perform at a crucial point as a result of nervousness.

    ‘when I was playing on the tour, I was a choker’
    • ‘Now at last Johnson and his coach have silenced those who said they were chokers.’
    • ‘"I reckon that Leeds United are the biggest chokers in English football," he says.’
    • ‘Motor racing fans know only too well the dangers inherent to the sport; chokers do not become formula one drivers.’
    • ‘Yet his reputation as 'a bit of a choker' was not enhanced through the year.’
    • ‘This would have also erased the tag of chokers against their name.’
    • ‘He dismissed the charge that Indian cricketers are a bunch of chokers.’
    • ‘Indian cricketers are routinely castigated as underperforming, undertalented, overpaid chokers.’
    • ‘One of the happiest spin-offs of Mickelson's memorable Masters win is that it will stop critics referring to him as a choker.’
    • ‘They may not realise that the Irishman was a tortured soul during the match, and was losing sleep at the possibility of becoming the Crucible's biggest-ever choker.’
    • ‘But watching the greatest players and teams in baseball slug it out, with every pitch defining the difference between legend and choker, holds an excitement unparalleled in sports.’
    • ‘Collapsing with a fit of the jitters, she was marked down as a choker, not to be bothered with.’
    • ‘Spain used to be notorious tournament chokers.’
    • ‘"I know when we lose one game, people call us chokers," McKenzie said.’
    • ‘We don't know who the next redeemed choker will be.’
    • ‘The other is struggling against an outrageous cross to bear as finals chokers.’
    • ‘Sure, you could be choker on the putting green, or you could have a hellish slice off the tee.’
    • ‘What to do if you're a chronic choker?’
    • ‘He should take no heed to those who will bash him as a "loser" or a "choker".’
    • ‘For years the jibe of 'choker' had hounded him - he whose nerves cannot take the heat.’
    • ‘In short he is a choker.’

Pronunciation

choker

/ˈtʃəʊkə/