gargle

verb
gar·​gle | \ ˈgär-gəl How to pronounce gargle (audio) \
gargled; gargling\ ˈgär-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gargling (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 Still, gargling is a common hygiene measure in many countries. Neal Naito, New York Times, "Gargling for Coronavirus? What Science Can Tell Us," 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, "Fact check: Will holding your breath for 10 seconds reveal if you have coronavirus?," 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, "Coronavirus and the contagion of fear," 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, "Facebook has a coronavirus problem. It's WhatsApp.," 18 Mar. 2020 Driver went back upstairs to shave and to gargle his potion. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 Using throat lozenges, gargling with salt water, and drinking tea may also help with symptoms. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Miley Cyrus Has Been Hospitalized With Tonsillitis—Here's What You Need to Know About the Infection," 9 Oct. 2019 Older children can try gargling salt water or sucking on throat lozenges. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Home remedies: When to use and not use antibiotics," 4 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Canadian scientists say strain of cannabis could prevent or treat coronavirus," 21 May 2020 In Canada, a povidone-iodine gargle solution is sold under the brand name Betadine. Neal Naito, New York Times, "Gargling for Coronavirus? What Science Can Tell Us," 29 Mar. 2020 Sip water every 15 minutes, gargle with ethanol or eat raw garlic to ward off infection. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Welcome to the first social media pandemic. Here are 8 ways you can stop the spread of coronavirus misinformation.," 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, "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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27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gargle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gargle. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for gargle

gargle

verb
How to pronounce gargle (audio)

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 gargling (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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