glut·​ton | \ ˈglə-tᵊn How to pronounce glutton (audio) \

Definition of glutton

1a : one given habitually to greedy and voracious eating and drinking
b : one that has a great capacity for accepting or enduring something a glutton for punishment

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Examples of glutton in a Sentence

he's such a glutton that he ate the whole cake
Recent Examples on the Web Betty Draper, as a character, was a glutton for attention, and she was consistently starved of it. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "January Jones’s Very Un-Betty Draper Quarantine," 31 Aug. 2020 No, we’ve been told, the state shouldn’t go out of its way to make the disadvantaged whole or bring law and order to an economy controlled by gamblers, gluttons, and cheats. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Are You Really Surprised by Our Authoritarian President?," 3 June 2020 Calling all gluttons for goosebumps:Here's a list of the best haunted houses in Cincinnati Briana Rice is a trending news reporter for the Enquirer. Briana Rice,, "Halloween 2019: Trick-or-treating times set in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky," 24 Oct. 2019 China, the world’s builder, is also the planet’s sand glutton. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Inside the deadly world of India’s sand mining mafia," 26 June 2019 So why are the 48 percent who prioritize reducing deficits right and the spending gluttons wrong? Mona Charen, National Review, "We Need to Get Serious about Putting Our Fiscal House in Order," 8 Nov. 2019 Today, if victory were cake, these people would be gluttons. David Segal, New York Times, "A Squash Mystery in Egypt: Is There Something in the Nile?," 1 Nov. 2019 In popular lore, Epicurus was patron to gluttons, publicans and brothelkeepers. The Economist, "The key to a good life is avoiding pain," 26 Sep. 2019 There is a deep desire for Gronkowski, a glutton for punishment in his Patriots days, to return to Fort Foxborough. Globe Staff,, "Booing Andrew Luck crossed the line," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of glutton

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glutton

Middle English glotoun, from Anglo-French glutun, glotun, from Latin glutton-, glutto; akin to Latin gluttire to swallow, gula throat, Old English ceole

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“Glutton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glutton

: a person who eats too much
: someone who wants a large amount of something


glut·​ton | \ ˈglə-tᵊn How to pronounce glutton (audio) \

Kids Definition of glutton

: a person or animal that overeats

Other Words from glutton

gluttonous \ ˈglə-​tə-​nəs \ adjective

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