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

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For this plan to work, scientists will need to engineer antibiotic gluttons. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 Too Much Food Members of the fig genus Ficus tend to be gluttons for fertilizer. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Fiddle-Leaf Fig," 15 Aug. 2016 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

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

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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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