gargle

verb
gar·gle | \ˈgär-gəl \
gargled; gargling\ˈgär-g(ə-)liŋ \

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

One clip sees Gomez gargle an eyeball, roll–back zombie eyes and eat icing off her leg with a butcher’s knife. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Turns Scream Queen for Petra Collins' New Horror Film: Watch the Teaser," 21 June 2018 And, after a few months of gargling, these are the freshest picks of the pack. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Mouthwash to Keep Your Breath Fresh as Hell," 5 May 2018 Consumers who not long ago would have taken a cough drop or gargled with saltwater to soothe a sore throat now pop into their nearby retail clinic for a strep test. Reed Abelson And Julie Creswell, New York Times, "The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care," 7 Apr. 2018 The researchers tested their invention on people drinking alcohol, gargling mouthwash, or eating soup. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "A tiny sensor on your tooth could help keep you healthy," 22 Mar. 2018 Another study published in the journal PLOS One looked at 757 high school students who gargled green tea three times a day, finding that the practice was no more effective at preventing the flu than people who did the same thing with water. Korin Miller, SELF, "We Asked Infectious Disease Experts to Rank 5 Flu-Prevention Products," 20 Mar. 2018 The collaboration boasts Illenium's emotional melodies, Kill The Noise's gargling bass synths and Mako's orchestral work. Rachel George, Billboard, "Illenium & Kill The Noise Share Hauntingly Beautiful Record 'Don't Give Up On Me' Featuring Mako," 13 Feb. 2018 The Clarets manager famously sounds like a bulldog gargling sand and tractor parts and now one of his ex-teammates has provided a bizarre origin story behind Dyche's whatever-the-opposite-of-dulcet-is tones. SI.com, "Sean Dyche's Ex-Teammate Claims Burnley Boss Used to 'Eat Worms' in Training," 17 Jan. 2018 Patients often are advised to gargle after inhaling their medicine. Joe, The Seattle Times, "Asthma medication causing hoarseness," 17 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ashton delivers a catchy hip-hop beat that is intercepted by a playful dubstep sequence filled with grimy wobbles and gargles. David Rishty, Billboard, "Bassnectar's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 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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The first known use of gargle was in 1527

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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 \
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 \
gargled; gargling\-g(ə-)liŋ \

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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