glut·​ton ˈglə-tᵊn How to pronounce glutton (audio)
: one given habitually to greedy and voracious eating and drinking
: one that has a great capacity for accepting or enduring something
a glutton for punishment

Examples of glutton in a Sentence

he's such a glutton that he ate the whole cake
Recent Examples on the Web Plus, there’s the fact that England fans are gluttons for the agony of defeat. Sean Gregory, Time, 18 Aug. 2023 Even classic gluttons like bullheads might prefer a leaner cuisine when the wind is cold or the run is just starting. Will Ryan, Field & Stream, 5 July 2023 Not that Julius himself was a glutton for heat., 4 Oct. 2021 From Old French, meaning glutton. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 5 Mar. 2021 Seated at a ceremonial desk in an airplane hangar, doling out portions of his kingdom to simpering Goneril (Gilmore) and Regan (Lane), this Lear wears the infuriating smirk of a glutton for praise. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 So bib up, chow down, and let your inner glutton romp. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 31 Jan. 2023 Or the glutton who wants to buy all the fish in the market—a symbol of someone who is totally undemocratic. Paul Greenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 But there's no need to be a glutton for punishment, either. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of glutton was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glutton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


glut·​ton ˈglət-ᵊn How to pronounce glutton (audio)
: one that eats too much
gluttonously adverb

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