Gargoyle Gar"goyle, n. [OE. garguilie, gargouille, cf. Sp. g['a]rgola, prob. fr. the same source as F. gorge throat, influenced by L. gargarizare to gargle. See {Gorge} and cf. {Gargle}, {Gargarize}.] (Arch.) A spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often carved grotesquely. [Written also {gargle}, {gargyle}, and {gurgoyle}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Gargle — Gar gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Garggled}, p. pr. & vb. n. {Gargling} (?).] [F. gargouiller to dabble, paddle, gargle. Cf. {Gargoyle}, {Gurgle}.] 1. To wash or rinse, as the mouth or throat, particular the latter, agitating the liquid (water or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gargle — [gär′gəl] vt., vi. gargled, gargling [Fr gargouiller < gargouille, throat, waterspout, gargoyle < echoic base * garg > Gr gargarizein, to gargle, Sans gharghara h, gurgling] 1. to rinse or wash (the throat) with a liquid kept in motion… …   English World dictionary

  • Gargle — Gar gle, n. (Arch.) See {Gargoyle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gargle — Gar gle, n. A liquid, as water or some medicated preparation, used to cleanse the mouth and throat, especially for a medical effect. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gargle — [v] rinse the mouth with liquid irrigate, swish, trill, use mouthwash; concepts 169,308,616 …   New thesaurus

  • gargle — ► VERB ▪ wash one s mouth and throat with a liquid that is kept in motion by breathing through it with a gurgling sound. ► NOUN 1) an act of gargling. 2) a liquid used for gargling. ORIGIN French gargouiller gurgle, bubble , from Old French… …   English terms dictionary

  • gargle — gar|gle1 [ˈga:gəl US ˈga:r ] v [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: gargouiller, from [i]Old French gargouille; GARGOYLE] to clean the inside of your mouth and throat by blowing air through water or medicine in the back of your throat gargle with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gargle — {{11}}gargle (n.) 1650s, from GARGLE (Cf. gargle) (v.). {{12}}gargle (v.) 1520s, from M.Fr. gargouiller to gurgle, bubble (14c.), from O.Fr. gargole throat, waterspout, perhaps from garg , imitative of throat sounds, + *goule, dialect word for… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gargle — I UK [ˈɡɑː(r)ɡ(ə)l] / US [ˈɡɑrɡ(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms gargle : present tense I/you/we/they gargle he/she/it gargles present participle gargling past tense gargled past participle gargled to move liquid around in the back of your… …   English dictionary

  • gargle — [[t]gɑ͟ː(r)g(ə)l[/t]] gargles, gargling, gargled 1) VERB If you gargle, you wash your mouth and throat by filling your mouth with a liquid, tipping your head back and using your throat to blow bubbles through the liquid, and finally spitting it… …   English dictionary

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