gobble

verb (1)
gob·​ble | \ ˈgä-bəl How to pronounce gobble (audio) \
gobbled; gobbling\ ˈgä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gobbling (audio) \

Definition of gobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to swallow or eat greedily
2 : to take eagerly : grab usually used with up
3 : to read rapidly or greedily usually used with up

gobble

verb (2)
gobbled; gobbling\ ˈgä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gobbling (audio) \

Definition of gobble (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make the natural guttural noise of a male turkey
2 : to make a sound resembling the gobble of a turkey

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Verb (2)

gobble noun

Examples of gobble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At Fills, Benvenuti’s brioche-ish dough uses a little levain to gobble up the sugar, adding a savory and tangy element. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Fills is bringing Berliner-style doughnuts to original Blue Star Donuts space," 9 Oct. 2020 During the daytime, the enormous marine mammals must gobble up tons of krill daily to prepare for their epic migration to warmer southerly waters. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "We can protect whales from ship strikes by translating their songs," 2 Oct. 2020 Sharks are known for their ability to deftly slice through the water to gobble up prey. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best Shark vacuum of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 The dino had massive, powerful jaws that could gobble up to 500 pounds of meat in a single bite. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Now You Can Buy a Real Friggin' T. Rex," 1 Oct. 2020 While primarily analyzing the World Series-contending Dodgers, Hairston also could gobble up tales from his three-generation baseball family. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "A major deal: Naperville North graduate Jerry Hairston Jr. develops voice as baseball analyst for Los Angeles Dodgers," 25 Sep. 2020 Birds, fish and turtles readily gobble up nurdles, mistaking them for fish eggs and other food. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "'Nurdle Patrol' survey finds plastic pellets on almost every Louisiana and Texas beach," 19 Sep. 2020 The microorganisms that gobble up cyanobacteria remains consume huge volumes of oxygen during their feast, leaving fish to suffocate. Jeremy Deaton, Scientific American, "Trying to Tame the Klamath River Filled It with Toxic Algae," 10 Aug. 2020 Keith Cressman, a senior locust forecaster with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tells Earther that an army of 100,000 ducks would only gobble up 20 million locusts a day. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Is a Duck Army Coming for Pakistan’s Locusts? Not So Fast," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At Fills, Benvenuti’s brioche-ish dough uses a little levain to gobble up the sugar, adding a savory and tangy element. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Fills is bringing Berliner-style doughnuts to original Blue Star Donuts space," 9 Oct. 2020 The dino had massive, powerful jaws that could gobble up to 500 pounds of meat in a single bite. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Now You Can Buy a Real Friggin' T. Rex," 1 Oct. 2020 While primarily analyzing the World Series-contending Dodgers, Hairston also could gobble up tales from his three-generation baseball family. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "A major deal: Naperville North graduate Jerry Hairston Jr. develops voice as baseball analyst for Los Angeles Dodgers," 25 Sep. 2020 Birds, fish and turtles readily gobble up nurdles, mistaking them for fish eggs and other food. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "'Nurdle Patrol' survey finds plastic pellets on almost every Louisiana and Texas beach," 19 Sep. 2020 But no one will be sad to gobble them up when winter eventually arrives. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Lighter, Brighter Meatball," 28 Aug. 2020 The microorganisms that gobble up cyanobacteria remains consume huge volumes of oxygen during their feast, leaving fish to suffocate. Jeremy Deaton, Scientific American, "Trying to Tame the Klamath River Filled It with Toxic Algae," 10 Aug. 2020 And when opponents missed shots, Antetokounmpo was always likely to gobble up the rebound. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokoumpo is named NBA defensive player of the year and wants to share the credit," 25 Aug. 2020 During normal times, all-day child care can gobble up 12% of a median household income in Alabama, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit nonpartisan think tank. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "How can Alabama communities help working parents find, afford childcare while schools are virtual?," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gobble

Verb (1)

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gobble

Verb (1)

probably irregular from gob entry 1

Verb (2)

imitative

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Time Traveler for gobble

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The first known use of gobble was in 1583

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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobble. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for gobble

gobble

verb
gob·​ble | \ ˈgä-bəl How to pronounce gobble (audio) \
gobbled; gobbling

Kids Definition of gobble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to eat fast or greedily We gobbled up our lunch.

gobble

verb
gobbled; gobbling

Kids Definition of gobble (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make the call of a turkey or a similar sound

gobble

noun

Kids Definition of gobble (Entry 3 of 3)

: the loud harsh call of a turkey

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