Gag vs. Muzzle - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Gag

    A gag is designed to prevent speech or the subject making noise. This may be by blocking the mouth partially or completely to preventing the tongue, lips, or jaw from moving. Gags may endanger the subject's life, so a gagged person should never be left alone. A cloth gag over the mouth may also be used to keep dust and aerosols out of the lungs.

Wiktionary

  • Gag (noun)

    A device to restrain speech, such as a rag in the mouth secured with tape or a rubber ball threaded onto a cord or strap.

  • Gag (noun)

    An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject.

  • Gag (noun)

    A joke or other mischievous prank.

  • Gag (noun)

    A convulsion of the upper digestive tract.

  • Gag (noun)

    A mouthful that makes one retch or choke.

  • Gag (verb)

    To experience the vomiting reflex.

    "He gagged when he saw the open wound."

  • Gag (verb)

    To cause to heave with nausea.

  • Gag (verb)

    To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.

    "The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape."

  • Gag (verb)

    To pry or hold open by means of a gag.

  • Gag (verb)

    To restrain someone's speech without using physical means.

    "When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.''"

  • Muzzle (noun)

    The protruding part of an animal's head which includes the nose, mouth and jaws; the snout

  • Muzzle (noun)

    The mouth or the end for entrance or discharge of a gun, pistol etc., that the bullet emerges from as opposed to the breech.

  • Muzzle (noun)

    A device used to prevent animal from biting or eating, which is worn on its snout.

  • Muzzle (noun)

    A piece of the forward end of the plow-beam by which the traces are attached; bridle

  • Muzzle (noun)

    An openwork covering for the nose, used for the defense of the horse, and forming part of the bards in the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Muzzle (verb)

    To bind or confine an animal's mouth by putting a muzzle, as to prevent it from eating or biting.

  • Muzzle (verb)

    To restrain (from speaking, expressing opinion or acting); gag, silence, censor.

  • Muzzle (verb)

    To veil, mask, muffle.

  • Muzzle (verb)

    To fondle with the closed mouth; to nuzzle.

  • Muzzle (verb)

    To bring the muzzle or mouth near.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Gag (noun)

    a piece of cloth put in or over a person's mouth to prevent them from speaking

    "they tied him up and put a gag in his mouth"

  • Gag (noun)

    a restriction on dissemination of information

    "every contract contains a self-signed gag"

  • Gag (noun)

    a device for keeping the patient's mouth open during a dental or surgical operation.

  • Gag (noun)

    a joke or an amusing story, especially one forming part of a comedian's act or in a film

    "films that goad audiences into laughing at the most tasteless of gags"

  • Gag (verb)

    put a gag on (someone)

    "she was bound and gagged by robbers"

  • Gag (verb)

    prevent (someone) from speaking freely or disseminating information

    "the government is trying to gag its critics"

  • Gag (verb)

    choke or retch

    "he gagged on the wine"

  • Gag (verb)

    be very eager to have or do (something)

    "we'll be sitting in front of the TV at five to seven next Saturday evening, gagging for the next instalment"

    "I'm absolutely gagging for a pint"

  • Gag (verb)

    tell jokes

    "they gagged about their sexual problems"

  • Muzzle (noun)

    the projecting part of the face, including the nose and mouth, of an animal such as a dog or horse

    "she patted the horse's velvety muzzle"

  • Muzzle (noun)

    a guard, typically made of straps or wire, fitted over an animal's muzzle to stop it biting or feeding

    "the law says that pit bull terriers have to wear a muzzle"

  • Muzzle (noun)

    the part of a person's face including the nose, mouth, and chin

    "his close-shaven muzzle"

  • Muzzle (noun)

    the open end of the barrel of a firearm

    "Devlin jammed the muzzle of the gun into the man's neck"

  • Muzzle (verb)

    put a muzzle on (an animal)

    "the dog should have been muzzled"

  • Muzzle (verb)

    prevent (a person or group) from expressing their opinions freely

    "opposition leaders accused him of muzzling the news media"

Webster Dictionary

  • Gag

    To stop the mouth of, by thrusting sometimes in, so as to hinder speaking; hence, to silence by authority or by violence; not to allow freedom of speech to.

  • Gag

    To pry or hold open by means of a gag.

  • Gag

    To cause to heave with nausea.

  • Gag (verb)

    To heave with nausea; to retch.

  • Gag (verb)

    To introduce gags or interpolations. See Gag, n., 3.

  • Gag (noun)

    Something thrust into the mouth or throat to hinder speaking.

  • Gag (noun)

    A mouthful that makes one retch; a choking bit; as, a gag of mutton fat.

  • Gag (noun)

    A speech or phrase interpolated offhand by an actor on the stage in his part as written, usually consisting of some seasonable or local allusion.

  • Muzzle (noun)

    The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.

  • Muzzle (noun)

    The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun.

  • Muzzle (noun)

    A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.

  • Muzzle

    To bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to sheathe; to restrain from speech or action; as, the dictator muzzled all the newspapers.

  • Muzzle

    To fondle with the closed mouth.

  • Muzzle (verb)

    To bring the mouth or muzzle near.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Gag (noun)

    a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter;

    "he told a very funny joke"

    "he knows a million gags"

    "thanks for the laugh"

    "he laughed unpleasantly at hisown jest"

    "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"

  • Gag (noun)

    restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

  • Gag (verb)

    prevent from speaking out;

    "The press was gagged"

  • Gag (verb)

    be too tight; rub or press;

    "This neckband is choking the cat"

  • Gag (verb)

    tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them;

    "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"

  • Gag (verb)

    make jokes or quips;

    "The students were gagging during dinner"

  • Gag (verb)

    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake;

    "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

  • Gag (verb)

    cause to retch or choke

  • Gag (verb)

    make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

  • Muzzle (noun)

    the open circular discharging end of a gun

  • Muzzle (noun)

    forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose

  • Muzzle (noun)

    a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting

  • Muzzle (noun)

    restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

  • Muzzle (verb)

    fit with a muzzle;

    "muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers"

  • Muzzle (verb)

    prevent from speaking out;

    "The press was gagged"

  • Muzzle (verb)

    tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them;

    "The burglars gagged the home owner and tied him to a chair"

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