gargle

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verb

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

transitive verb

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
2
: to utter with a gargling sound

intransitive verb

1
: to use a gargle
2
: to speak or sing as if gargling

gargle

2 of 2

noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Other sore throat remedies include options like taking pain medications or gargling with warm salt water. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 31 Oct. 2023 Similarly, your child can ease irritation by gargling salt water. Nicole Harris, Parents, 24 Aug. 2023 Simply mix a half teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of water, then have your child gargle the solution. Jeannette Moninger, Parents, 23 June 2023 Driver went back upstairs to shave and to gargle his potion. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Soothe a sore throat by gargling saltwater – ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt dissolved into an 8 ounce glass of water. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2023 Then, tip your head back, gargle for about 30 seconds, then spit the water out afterward. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 27 Feb. 2023 Remember that Chubb would rather gargle with Drano than talk about himself. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2021 Wash your hands, wear a mask and don’t forget to gargle with mouthwash. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2020
Noun
Preparedness Items to keep on hand: Salt to create a saltwater gargle for a sore throat (1 teaspoon per cup of warm water). Dominique Fluker, Essence, 25 Oct. 2023 And the university is piloting this month a saline gargle test that eliminates some lengthy steps of the typical testing process. Maya Goldman, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 His speech became a gargle of consonants. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 18 Dec. 2020 Gargle with salt water: A salty gargle has been shown to significantly reduce the pain and inflammation of a sore throat. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2023 To make an effective saltwater gargle, Mayo Clinic experts recommend dissolving 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of salt in an 8oz glass of warm water. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2022 Are there any dangers of using Betadine as a gargle or nasal spray? Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Betadine also has an antiseptic throat gargle made with 0.5% povidone iodine, but it's only meant to treat and relieve symptoms of a sore throat. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Betadine does make a diluted product, sold as a gargle to treat sore throat symptoms. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle French gargouiller, of imitative origin

First Known Use

Verb

1527, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gargle was in 1527

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Cite this Entry

“Gargle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gargle. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gargle

1 of 2 verb
gar·​gle ˈgär-gəl How to pronounce gargle (audio)
gargled; gargling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gargle (audio)
: to cleanse the mouth or throat with a liquid kept in motion by air forced through it from the lungs

gargle

2 of 2 noun
1
: a liquid used in gargling
2
: a gargling sound

Medical Definition

gargle

1 of 2 verb
gar·​gle ˈgär-gəl How to pronounce gargle (audio)
gargled; gargling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gargle (audio)

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

2 of 2 noun
: a liquid used in gargling

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