I. verb (gargled; gargling) Etymology: Middle French gargouiller, of imitative origin Date: 1527 transitive verb 1. a. to hold (a liquid) in the mouth or throat and agitate with air from the lungs b. to cleanse or disinfect (the oral cavity) in this manner 2. to utter with a gargling sound intransitive verb 1. to use a gargle 2. to speak or sing as if gargling II. noun Date: 1629 1. a liquid used in gargling 2. a sound of or like that of gargling

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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