verbdialect British, East Anglian English
To choke (a person).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Ward (1577–1640), preacher. Imitative. Perhaps compare earlier quack, although compare also querken and forms at that entry.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), author, biographer, and historian. From quack + -le.