is now the dominant form, having triumphed over variants such as choke-full and chuck-full. These spelling difficulties have been aggravated by uncertainty as to the origin of the element chock, which also occurs in chock-a-block (with the same meaning).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Chock-full — chockfull chock full , pred. a. Quite full; full to capacity; choke full; as, chowder chock full of clams. Syn: chockablock(predicate), chockful(predicate), choke full(predicate), chuck full(predicate), cram full. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chock-full — adj [not before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from CHOKE1] informal completely full of people or things chock full of ▪ The pond was chock full of weeds …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chock-full — adjective never before noun INFORMAL very full, especially with things that are pleasant or enjoyable: chock full of: a book that s chock full of delicious recipes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chock-full — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ filled to overflowing. ORIGIN of unknown origin; later associated with CHOCK(Cf. ↑chock) …   English terms dictionary

  • chock-full — [chäk′fool′] adj. [ME chokkeful, chekefull < choke, cheke, cheek + ful, FUL; now often assoc. with CHOCK, CHOKE] as full as possible; filled to capacity …   English World dictionary

  • chock-full — index full, replete Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • chock-full — c.1400, chokkeful crammed full, possibly from choke cheek. Or it may be from O.Fr. choquier collide, crash, hit (13c., Mod.Fr. choquer), probably from Germanic (Cf. M.Du. schokken; see SHOCK (Cf. shock) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chock-full — adj. & adv. = CHOCK A BLOCK (chock full of rubbish). Etymology: CHOCK + FULL(1): ME chokkefulle (rel. to CHOKE(1)) is doubtful …   Useful english dictionary

  • chock-full — [[t]tʃɒ̱k f ʊl[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ, usu ADJ of n Something that is chock full is completely full. [INFORMAL] The 32 page catalog is chock full of things that add fun to festive occasions. Syn: bursting …   English dictionary

  • chock-full — UK / US adjective [never before noun] informal very full, especially with things that are pleasant or enjoyable chock full of: a book that s chock full of delicious recipes …   English dictionary

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