gobble

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

gobble

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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Space for the art of couture, and the large fashion houses that are gobbled up worldwide, but then elsewhere, on a smaller scale, there will be a bit of cleaning house. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Before Her Official London Fashion Week Debut, Alexa Chung Gets Candid About Her Past, Her Business, and Her Transatlantic Homecoming," 14 Sep. 2018 Most American cities are surrounded by towns incorporated a century ago that cannot be gobbled up. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Leatherback turtles and ocean sunfish have long been known to gorge on jellyfish, gobbling hundreds of them every day. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 2018 Players in Raids move around a circuit on a central board, picking up new crew members, fighting monsters, gathering and selling resources, and gobbling up point-scoring tiles. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 Prewar Britain was a classic status quo power, trying to maintain its own empire and keep Hitler from gobbling up everyone else. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Trump-Putin meeting reveals how Trump is killing American power.," 16 July 2018 The Japanese scientists postulated that pinks, which have exploded in numbers since the early 1990s, had gobbled up many of the copepods. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?," 15 June 2018 Her assured partner, Da'Von Doane, on the other hand, maintained an easy yet commanding presence, gobbling up space with every step. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "Dance Theatre of Harlem comes full circle with stirring Broad Stage program," 22 Apr. 2018 There’s a story by Mark Toor about property-hungry George Washington University gobbling Foggy Bottom and an interview with the then-editor of the New Republic, a guy named Walter Pincus. John Kelly, Washington Post, "You’ve heard of Katharine Graham. Here’s the story of another D.C. publisher.," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Amazon executives want to gobble up the U.S. market while the competition remains fairly minimal, according to people familiar with their thinking. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Amazon Pay Accepted Here? Web Giant Aims to Put Digital Wallet in Stores," 21 Nov. 2018 The world’s largest online retailer had been an investor darling, with shares more than doubling over the past two years on optimism that Amazon would continue to gobble up sales while increasing profitability. Spencer Soper, The Seattle Times, "Amazon dealt $250 billion blow from market jitters and confusion," 30 Oct. 2018 Tchouankwi said on a recent morning, taking a brief pause to gobble down a sandwich before getting back to the muddy harvest. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Asparagus dubbed ‘white gold’ harvested in Spain," 8 June 2018 Leatherback turtles and ocean sunfish have long been known to gorge on jellyfish, gobbling hundreds of them every day. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 2018 Space for the art of couture, and the large fashion houses that are gobbled up worldwide, but then elsewhere, on a smaller scale, there will be a bit of cleaning house. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Before Her Official London Fashion Week Debut, Alexa Chung Gets Candid About Her Past, Her Business, and Her Transatlantic Homecoming," 14 Sep. 2018 The Ugly The existential dread of an ever-expanding hole gobbling up the entire world. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Donut County lets you become one with nothingness," 27 Aug. 2018 Most American cities are surrounded by towns incorporated a century ago that cannot be gobbled up. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Between 50 and 70 people attended, drinking Corona, Presidente and Heineken beers, gobbling down empanadasand other Latin delicacies for sale. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 2018

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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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gobbler

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More Definitions for gobble

gobble

verb
gob·​ble | \ˈgä-bəl \
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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