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gormandize

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verb gor·man·dize \ˈgȯr-mən-ˌdīz\

Definition of gormandize

gormandized

gormandizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to eat gluttonously or ravenously

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to eat greedily :  devour

gormandizer

noun


Examples of gormandize in a sentence

  1. <everybody tends to gormandize on Thanksgiving—it's traditional!>

  2. <hungry soccer players who will gormandize whatever they happen to find in the fridge>



Did You Know?

Gormandize entered English in the mid-1500s as a modification of "gourmand," a term borrowed from the French that served as a synonym for "glutton." The meanings of both "gourmand" and "gormandize" were clearly disparaging until the 19th century, when "gourmet" came into use to refer to a connoisseur of food and drink. Since then, the meaning of "gourmand" has softened, so that it now suggests someone who likes good food in large quantities but not in a way that is disgusting or gluttonous. "Gormandize" still carries such negative connotations, but it can also imply that a big eater has a discriminating palate as well as a generous appetite.

Origin and Etymology of gormandize

gormand, alteration of gourmand


First Known Use: 1548


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