gas-guz·​zler ˈgas-ˈgə-z(ə-)lər How to pronounce gas-guzzler (audio)
: a usually large automobile that gets relatively poor mileage
gas-guzzling adjective

Examples of gas-guzzler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration certainly recognizes this, having last week laid out a timeline for phasing out gas-guzzlers within the next eight years, so by 2032 most new cars in the U.S. will have to be zero-carbon (there’s still some scope for hybrids, which is contentious in itself). David Meyer, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024 Hybrid vehicles — a neat balance between a gas-guzzler and an EV — are all the rage. William Gavin, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 The price increase is a result of the new seventh-generation pony car getting hit with a gas-guzzler tax, which applies to vehicles that don't meet federal fuel-economy standards. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 5 May 2023 The Demon 170 carries a starting price of $100,361 after destination fees and the federal gas-guzzler tax. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023 If that price wasn't enough to set your wallet aflame, there's also the matter of the Purosangue's inevitable gas-guzzler tax. Andrew Krok, Car and Driver, 15 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gas-guzzler was in 1928

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“Gas-guzzler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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: a usually large automobile that gets low gas mileage

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