gobble

1 of 2

verb (1)

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

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

2 of 2

verb (2)

gobbled; gobbling ˈgä-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gobble (audio)

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The new apartments will gobble up the equivalent of more than a decade of downtown office leasing. Dallas News, 8 July 2022 These proteins are then released into the intestinal tract and travel to the colon, where waiting bacteria gobble up the sugar as sustenance. Bethany Hubbard, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2014 By the end of this decade, some estimate that cloud infrastructures will gobble up 20 percent of the world’s energy resources. Steven Gonzalez Monserrate, WIRED, 15 Nov. 2022 This November, Jennifer Lawrence fans have a new film to gobble up in theaters and on a streaming platform. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 20 Oct. 2022 The model megalodon’s jaws could open wide enough to gobble a 26-foot orca in as few as five bites. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2022 People took turns watching over the drip irrigation system, clearing out weeds and making sure gophers didn’t gobble up anything. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 Foreign car makers have increasingly struggled to grow sales in their joint ventures with Chinese car manufacturers as more homegrown brands find favor among local consumers and gobble up market share. Selina Cheng, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 Another shark arrives and the two quickly gobble up the fish that Lazaro dispatched. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, 19 Nov. 2022
Verb
Another shark arrives and the two quickly gobble up the fish that Lazaro dispatched. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, 19 Nov. 2022 Common goldeneye dive down the water column and gobble up all the pupae attached to microbialite structures. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 Foreign car makers have increasingly struggled to grow sales in their joint ventures with Chinese car manufacturers as more homegrown brands find favor among local consumers and gobble up market share. Selina Cheng, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 So gather your fam and your art supplies, and gobble up these creative turkey crafts. Corinne Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 19 Sep. 2022 The point of the exercise appears to provide a warm glow on state television propaganda, balancing the Kremlin’s alarmist narrative that Russia is a victim of Western aggressors eager to gobble it up. Natalia Abbakumova, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2022 What the scientists really wanted to know was whether this little bit of poison is effective enough to keep the larvae safe, so the team performed feeding trials to see if several common predators would gobble them up. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2015 These investors gobble up single-family homes and duplexes, reducing the local stake in neighborhoods and drawing money away from the community. La Risa R. Lynch, Journal Sentinel, 9 Dec. 2022 But as Gluyas mentions, microbes often gobble up hydrogen formed in the ground before anyone has had the chance to siphon it off. WIRED, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

probably irregular from gob entry 1

Verb (2)

imitative

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gobble was in 1583

Dictionary Entries Near gobble

Cite this Entry

“Gobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobble. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

gobble

1 of 2 verb
gob·​ble ˈgäb-əl How to pronounce gobble (audio)
gobbled; gobbling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gobble (audio)
1
: to swallow or eat greedily
2
: to take eagerly : grab
the small country was gobbled up by its neighbor

gobble

2 of 2 verb
: to make the sound of a male turkey
gobble noun

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