chockablock or chock-a-block [chok-uh-blok] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for chockablock on adjective

  1. extremely full; crowded; jammed: a room chockablock with furniture and plants.
  2. Nautical. having the blocks drawn close together, as when the tackle is hauled to the utmost.


  1. in a crowded manner: books piled chockablock on the narrow shelf.

Origin of chockablock cf. chock close (up to), apparently as back formation from chock-full Related Words for chock-a-block brimming, overcrowded, overflowing, packed, stuffed, chock-a-block, crammed, jam-packed, bulging Examples from the Web for chock-a-block Historical Examples of chock-a-block

  • A company came on board the Scourge, and they filled us chock-a-block.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I wish I could ask you to stay, but we are chock-a-block with cousins and aunts.

    The Independence of Claire

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • The big Ravine and all the small nullahs are chock-a-block with corpses.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume I

    Ian Hamilton

  • “Then, if it is true we’ll find the Cavarale chock-a-block with British prisoners,” said Dacres.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

  • The place was chock-a-block with rough-looking men, either looking on or playing the games.

    The Trail of ’98

    Robert W. Service

  • British Dictionary definitions for chock-a-block chock-a-block adjective, adverb

    1. filled to capacity; in a crammed state
    2. nautical with the blocks brought close together, as when a tackle is pulled as tight as possible

    Word Origin and History for chock-a-block adj.

    nautical, said of two blocks of tackle run so closely they touch; from chock + block (n.).

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