glut·ton | \ˈglə-tᵊn \

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

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For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Judgement and Epiphany on Pittsburgh’s Number 79 Bus," 11 May 2018 Two brobdingnagian, very physical human beings, gluttons for enjoyment, at a 1,000-person party during Ultra weekend? David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Shaq’s threw a party Ultra weekend. Some dancing was ri-Gronk-ulous (and shirtless) | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 2018 Becca, glutton for punishment, shows up in the studio with Chris Harrison. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelor Recap: Did Arie Choose Lauren or Becca?," 7 Mar. 2018 Anybody who is a glutton for fairness is probably better off in a profession other than coaching. David Murphy,, "Doug Pederson deserves more credit than he's getting | David Murphy," 4 Sep. 2017 Cheese by the truckload, salumi by the boatload — San Francisco’s annual Winter Fancy Food Show is a glutton’s paradise. Mary Orlin, The Mercury News, "Top 10 trends at the San Francisco Winter Fancy Food Show," 23 Jan. 2017 This trick works because the human brain is a glutton for stories. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "To Remember Random Errands, Turn Them Into a Story," 24 June 2017 Is the Wheaton businessman a glutton for punishment? Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: Volunteers for NCAA finals elevate Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course," 27 May 2017 Ever a glutton for controversy, Trump also met unannounced with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, who accompanied Lavrov to the Oval Office. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump picked a really bad day to sneak around with the Russian ambassador," 10 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of glutton

: a person who eats too much

: someone who wants a large amount of something


glut·ton | \ˈglə-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of glutton

: a person or animal that overeats

Other Words from glutton

gluttonous \ˈglə-tə-nəs \ adjective

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