gargle

verb
gar·​gle | \ ˈgär-gəl How to pronounce gargle (audio) \
gargled; gargling\ ˈgär-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gargle (audio) \

Definition of gargle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

gargle

noun

Definition of gargle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a liquid used in gargling
2 : a sound of or like that of gargling

Examples of gargle in a Sentence

Verb He gargled with salt water. He gargled the salt water, then spit it out. Noun a medicinal gargle used for sore throats
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wash your hands, wear a mask and don’t forget to gargle with mouthwash. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2020 Eligible participants use the carefully dosediodine nasal spray and gargle with it three times a day. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 7 June 2020 The guidelines, issued by the Nihon Mizushobai Kyokai on Saturday, said karaoke microphones must be cleaned after each use, and workers should wash their hands and gargle every 30 minutes. NBC News, 24 May 2020 As Japan reopens, guidelines were released for bar hostesses and other nightlife workers to wear masks, gargle every 30 minutes and disinfect karaoke microphones after each use. Geir Moulson, Time, 23 May 2020 Still, gargling is a common hygiene measure in many countries. Neal Naito, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2020 Drinking liquids, gargling salt-water and sun or heat exposure are not effective methods of preventing COVID-19 contraction. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2020 But fear is also making people do irrational things, sometimes dangerous things: panic-buying toilet paper; attacking people just for looking Asian; buying unproven home remedies; or gargling with bleach. CBS News, 22 Mar. 2020 The accompanying message, written in Spanish, claims that drinking a lot of water and gargling with salt or vinegar will eliminate the virus. Hadas Gold And Donie O'sullivan, CNN, 18 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The University of Arizona is piloting a saline gargle test this month that could make the testing process more efficient. Wsj Noted., WSJ, 9 Dec. 2020 Contrary to some of the recent buzz around mouthwash, a daily gargle is probably not going to protect you from the novel coronavirus. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2020 Nevertheless, should clinical trials prove the strain is effective, the extract could be integrated into inhalers, mouthwash, and throat gargle products to treat or prevent infection from COVID-19. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, 21 May 2020 In Canada, a povidone-iodine gargle solution is sold under the brand name Betadine. Neal Naito, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2020 Sip water every 15 minutes, gargle with ethanol or eat raw garlic to ward off infection. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2020 Ashton delivers a catchy hip-hop beat that is intercepted by a playful dubstep sequence filled with grimy wobbles and gargles. David Rishty, Billboard, 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of gargle

Verb

1527, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gargle

Verb

Middle French gargouiller, of imitative origin

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“Gargle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gargle. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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gargle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gargle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gargle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gargle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a liquid used for gargling

gargle

verb
gar·​gle | \ ˈgär-gəl How to pronounce gargle (audio) \
gargled; gargling

Kids Definition of gargle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gargle

noun

Kids Definition of gargle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a liquid used for rinsing the throat and mouth
2 : a sound like that of gargling

gargle

verb
gar·​gle | \ ˈgär-gəl How to pronounce gargle (audio) \
gargled; gargling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gargle (audio) \

Medical Definition of gargle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hold (a liquid) in the mouth or throat and agitate with air from the lungs
2 : to cleanse or disinfect (the oral cavity) by gargling

intransitive verb

: to use a gargle

gargle

noun

Medical Definition of gargle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a liquid used in gargling

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