verb (1)
gob·ble | \ˈgä-bəl \
gobbled; gobbling\ˈgä-b(ə-)liŋ \

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


verb (2)
gobbled; gobbling\ˈgä-b(ə-)liŋ \

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

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If county commissioners were to keep the tax rate the same as this year, Grinnell’s request would gobble it all up and still be short $1 million. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake has ability to beef up Sheriff's Office and keep taxes reasonable," 25 June 2018 Co-working firms have gobbled up Chicago office space in recent years, more than tripling their footprint to more than 2 million square feet in a three-year period through 2017, according to Newmark Knight Frank and Chicago Creative Space. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Co-working firm WeWork plans big expansion north of Chicago River," 13 June 2018 Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Plan B, a production company co-founded by Brad Pitt, have gobbled up the rights to make a movie about how The Times broke the Harvey Weinstein story. John Koblin, New York Times, "With ‘The Weekly,’ The New York Times Gets Serious About TV," 9 May 2018 Retirement costs have gobbled up more and more of the city's budget in the past decade. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville avoids 'crippling' budget cuts from soaring pension costs thanks to override of Bevin's veto," 17 Apr. 2018 Facebook has gobbled up a large portion of the market for digital advertising and has become the only advertising venue available for many small businesses. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Facebook and the very real problem of keeping student data private," 5 Apr. 2018 The event will provide participating chefs an opportunity to showcase their unique bacon creations and a chance for attendees to gobble it up. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Do you have what it takes? Winners of metro Detroit food events could win $100,000," 21 Mar. 2018 The crop was routinely fed to U.S. livestock, made into ethanol or sent as feed to Mexico, but since 2014, China has gobbled up exports averaging more than $1 billion a year. William Mauldin, WSJ, "Fight Over Sorghum Offers a Taste of a Trade Retaliation," 3 Mar. 2018 Other rookies like Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and even Lonzo Ball have gobbled up all of the attention. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA All-Star Weekend: Slam Dunk Contest Needs New Heir to the Throne," 16 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The split is a rarity in Charlotte and elsewhere, as the trend nationally has been for hospitals and insurance companies to gobble up independent practices. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "A high-profile lawsuit against Atrium Health comes to an end," 6 July 2018 The biggest banks in particular are gobbling up market share from struggling overseas rivals and smaller U.S. lenders. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Big Banks Clear Fed’s Stress Tests," 21 June 2018 Chestnut also downed nearly 30 more hot dogs than the second place winner, Carmen Cincotti, who only gobbled up 45 of the franks and buns. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Joey Chestnut Wins the 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest After Downing 74 Franks and Buns," 4 July 2018 He's flourished for fifty years in an industry that gobbles up newcomers like hot cracklins, then wads them up and tosses them away like greasy paper bags. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "How to be as cool as Lionel Richie at Jazz Fest 2018," 4 May 2018 To make it, dairy producers have long employed the help of Streptococcus thermophilus, a bacteria that gobbles up the lactose in milk and poops out lactic acid. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Crispr," 27 Apr. 2018 In a 3-4, defensive linemen are more inclined to attack a blocker as a way of gobbling up space. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Draft Needs: Finding the Right Fits for New Defensive Coordinators," 18 Apr. 2018 Most wine lovers know that yeast is the change agent that gobbles up sugar in ripe grapes during fermentation, converts it to alcohol, and voila, wine. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Winemakers Turn to MIT to Save Pinot Noir in Warming Temperatures," 23 Jan. 2018 Most North American bats eat insects and offer an excellent alternative to mosquito repellent, gobbling up over 1000+ mosquitoes per hour. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016

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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)


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gob·ble | \ˈgä-bəl \
gobbled; gobbling

Kids Definition of gobble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


gobbled; gobbling

Kids Definition of gobble (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of gobble (Entry 3 of 3)

: the loud harsh call of a turkey

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