farklempt

far·klempt

 (fär-klĕmpt′) or ver·klempt (vər-)
adj.
Unable to speak because of emotion; choked up.

[Yiddish farklemt, past participle of farklemmen, to clamp, catch (as in a vise), choke up, from Middle High German verklemmen : ver-, pref. denoting completion (from Old High German far-; see per- in Indo-European roots) + klemmen, to grip, seize (from Old High German).]
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22) This Yiddishizing adaptation of the name Jolson has a ring of Yiddish plausibility to it: it echoes the grammatic construct and sounds of the adjectives farkhalesht, farhungert, farklempt.
Is the mayor farklempt, you know, on the verge of tears?