I. transitive verb (gobbled; gobbling) Etymology: probably irregular from 1gob Date: 1601 1. to swallow or eat greedily 2. to take eagerly ; grab — usually used with up 3. to read rapidly or greedily — usually used with up II. intransitive verb (gobbled; gobbling) Etymology: imitative Date: 1680 1. to make the natural guttural noise of a male turkey 2. to make a sound resembling the gobble of a turkey • gobble noun

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  • gobble — Ⅰ. gobble [1] ► VERB (often gobble up) 1) eat hurriedly and noisily. 2) use a large amount of (something) very quickly. DERIVATIVES gobbler noun. ORIGIN probably from GOB(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • Gobble — Gob ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gobbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gobbling}.] [Freq. of 2d gob.] [1913 Webster] 1. To swallow or eat greedily or hastily; to gulp. [1913 Webster] Supper gobbled up in haste. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter (a sound) like… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gobble — Gob ble, n. A noise made in the throat. [1913 Webster] Ducks and geese . . . set up a discordant gobble. Mrs. Gore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gobble — Gob ble, v. i. 1. To eat greedily. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a noise like that of a turkey cock. Prior. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gobble — [v] eat hurriedly cram*, devour, gorge, gulp*, guzzle, ingurgitate, scarf*, stuff*, suck up*, swallow, wolf*; concept 169 Ant. nibble …   New thesaurus

  • gobble — gobble1 [gäb′əl] n. [echoic, var. of GABBLE] the characteristic throaty sound made by a male turkey vi. gobbled, gobbling to make this sound gobble2 [gäb′əl] vt., vi. gobbled, gobbling [prob. freq. formation on base of OFr …   English World dictionary

  • gobble — gob|ble [ gabl ] verb 1. ) gobble or gobble down or gobble up intransitive or transitive to eat something quickly and often noisily 2. ) intransitive to make the sound made by a TURKEY ,gobble up phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL 1. ) to use a lot …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gobble — [[t]gɒ̱b(ə)l[/t]] gobbles, gobbling, gobbled VERB If you gobble food, you eat it quickly and greedily. [V n] Pete gobbled all the beef stew. Phrasal Verbs: gobble down gobble up …   English dictionary

  • gobble — UK [ˈɡɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈɡɑb(ə)l] verb Word forms gobble : present tense I/you/we/they gobble he/she/it gobbles present participle gobbling past tense gobbled past participle gobbled 1) gobble or gobble down or gobble up [transitive] to eat something …   English dictionary

  • gobble — gob|ble [ˈgɔbəl US ˈga: ] v informal [Sense: 1; Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from gob] [Sense: 2; Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From the sound] 1.) also gobble up/down [I and T] to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or ↑greedy… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gobble — {{11}}gobble (1) eat greedily, c.1600, probably partly echoic, partly frequentative of gob, via gobben drink something greedily. Related: Gobbled; gobbling. {{12}}gobble (2) make a turkey noise, 1670s, probably imitative, perhaps influenced by… …   Etymology dictionary

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