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gargle

verb gar·gle \ ˈgär-gəl \

Definition of gargle

gargled; gargling play \ˈgär-g(ə-)liŋ\
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

Examples of gargle in a Sentence

  1. He gargled with salt water.

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

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Origin and Etymology of gargle

Middle French gargouiller, of imitative origin


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gargle

noun

Definition of gargle

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

Examples of gargle in a Sentence

  1. a medicinal gargle used for sore throats

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First Known Use of gargle

1629


GARGLE Defined for English Language Learners

gargle

verb

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


gargle

noun

Definition of gargle for English Language Learners

  • : a liquid used for gargling


GARGLE Defined for Kids

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gargle

verb gar·gle \ ˈgär-gəl \

Definition of gargle for Students

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

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gargle

noun

Definition of gargle for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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gargle

verb gar·gle \ ˈgär-gəl \

medical Definition of gargle

gargled; gargling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
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

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gargle

noun

medical Definition of gargle

: a liquid used in gargling

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