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gargle

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verb, gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Simple Definition of gargle

  • : to clean your throat and mouth with a liquid that you move around in your throat and then spit out

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gargle

gargledgargling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to utter with a gargling sound

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to use a gargle

  6. 2 :  to speak or sing as if gargling

Examples of gargle in a sentence

  1. He gargled with salt water.

  2. He gargled the salt water, then spit it out.



Origin of gargle

Middle French gargouiller, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1527


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gargle

noun gar·gle

Simple Definition of gargle

  • : a liquid used for gargling

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gargle

  1. 1 :  a liquid used in gargling

  2. 2 :  a sound of or like that of gargling

Examples of gargle in a sentence

  1. a medicinal gargle used for sore throats



1629

First Known Use of gargle

1629


GARGLE Defined for Kids

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gargle

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verb gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Definition of gargle for Students

gargledgargling

  1. :  to rinse the throat with a liquid kept in motion by air forced through it from the lungs




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gargle

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noun gar·gle

Definition of gargle for Students

  1. 1 :  a liquid used for rinsing the throat and mouth

  2. 2 :  a sound like that of gargling




Medical Dictionary

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gargle

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verb gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Medical Definition of gargle

gargled; gargling \-g(ə-)liŋ\play

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to hold (a liquid) in the mouth or throat and agitate with air from the lungs

  4. 2:  to cleanse or disinfect (the oral cavity) by gargling

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to use a gargle




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gargle

noun gar·gle

Medical Definition of gargle

  1. :  a liquid used in gargling




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