Meaning of GOBBLE in English


I. ˈgäbəl verb

( gobbled ; gobbled ; gobbling -b(ə)liŋ ; gobbles )

Etymology: probably from gob (I) + -le (freq. suffix)

transitive verb

1. : to eat greedily or swallow hastily and noisily in large mouthfuls : gulp

they gobbled what was left of the breakfast — S.H.Adams

turned themselves into tigers and gobbled up human beings — Newsweek

2. : to seize or capture greedily or hastily : take eagerly : grab — usually used with up

permitting the three small countries to be gobbled up individually by their aggressive neighbor

a bond issue was quickly gobbled up — E.O.Hauser

3. : to read rapidly or greedily

many bright girls can gobble up such books — Louise S. Bechtel

intransitive verb

: to eat greedily and hastily

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: imitative

intransitive verb

1. : to make the natural guttural noise of a turkey-cock

the older toms gobble and strut to attract the attention of the females

2. : to make a sound resembling the gobble of a turkey

a tiny geyser gobbled — Rudyard Kipling

transitive verb

: to utter or emit by or as if by gobbling

the obscenities that poured out of him were gobbled so that their point was lost — Walter Macken

III. noun

( -s )

: a noise made by or as if by gobbling

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