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gargle

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verb gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Definition of gargle

gargled

gargling

play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to utter with a gargling sound

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to use a gargle

  6. 2 :  to speak or sing as if gargling

Examples of gargle in a sentence

  1. He gargled with salt water.

  2. He gargled the salt water, then spit it out.

Origin and Etymology of gargle

Middle French gargouiller, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1527


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gargle

noun gar·gle

Definition of gargle

  1. 1 :  a liquid used in gargling

  2. 2 :  a sound of or like that of gargling

Examples of gargle in a sentence

  1. a medicinal gargle used for sore throats

1629

First Known Use of gargle

1629


GARGLE Defined for English Language Learners

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gargle

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verb gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Definition of gargle for English Language Learners

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


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gargle

noun gar·gle

Definition of gargle for English Language Learners

  • : a liquid used for gargling


GARGLE Defined for Kids

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gargle

play
verb gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Definition of gargle for Students

gargled

gargling

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


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gargle

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noun gar·gle

Definition of gargle for Students

  1. 1 :  a liquid used for rinsing the throat and mouth

  2. 2 :  a sound like that of gargling


Medical Dictionary

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gargle

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verb gar·gle \ˈgär-gəl\

Medical Definition of gargle

gargled

;

gargling

\-g(ə-)liŋ\play
  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to hold (a liquid) in the mouth or throat and agitate with air from the lungs

  4. 2:  to cleanse or disinfect (the oral cavity) by gargling

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to use a gargle


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gargle

noun gar·gle

Medical Definition of gargle

  1. :  a liquid used in gargling


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