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

Examples of glutton in a Sentence

he's such a glutton that he ate the whole cake
Recent Examples on the Web Todd Orlando is apparently a glutton for punishment. Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 For a former television celebrity who is a glutton for public attention, the decision extends by six months a political starvation diet imposed since January by a social media blackout and his departure from the White House. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 Betty Draper, as a character, was a glutton for attention, and she was consistently starved of it. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 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, 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,, 24 Oct. 2019 China, the world’s builder, is also the planet’s sand glutton. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, 26 June 2019 So why are the 48 percent who prioritize reducing deficits right and the spending gluttons wrong? Mona Charen, National Review, 8 Nov. 2019 Today, if victory were cake, these people would be gluttons. David Segal, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2019 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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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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