gobble

verb (1)
gob·​ble | \ ˈgä-bəl How to pronounce gobble (audio) \
gobbled; gobbling\ ˈgä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gobble (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 gobble (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 Increased scrutiny would have proved disastrous for her business; the real purpose of Holmes’s endorsement may have been to signal righteousness, engender public trust, and gobble up further investments. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2021 The organization has also discussed the possibility of using Love as the backup center -- a la Blake Griffin in Brooklyn -- to boost shooting and spacing while allowing rookie Evan Mobley and Nance to gobble up most of the minutes at 4. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 Nature is under assault because humans gobble up land to grow food, harvest timber and dig for minerals, while also overfishing the oceans. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 The mussels rely on minnows to reproduce, releasing fertilized egg packets into the water column that hungry fish gobble up. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2021 Unlike most fish now in the Great Lakes, gobies — with their molar-like teeth — can crack the shells of mussels and gobble up their little bundles of meat. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Californians gobble up a whopping 225 million pounds of pork per month, but only 20% is produced within the state. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 Float hunting is especially productive late in the season when birds gobble later in the morning and in areas that allow afternoon hunting. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021 Nike has long tried to gobble any track and field athlete who had even an outside shot at competing on the world stage. New York Times, 18 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes a tom will gobble in the same spot for a long time, and never move any closer to you. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 8 Mar. 2021 The organization has also discussed the possibility of using Love as the backup center -- a la Blake Griffin in Brooklyn -- to boost shooting and spacing while allowing rookie Evan Mobley and Nance to gobble up most of the minutes at 4. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 What has happened in the decade since the crash of Lake Huron's two dominant species — invasive Atlantic alewives and the giant Pacific salmon planted to gobble them up — is a remarkable story of nature's resilience. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Video visits can gobble up limited data on phone plans and are especially hard for patients who don’t have a private place to talk, including people living in crowded homes or on the streets. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 And all those greens, fairways and tee boxes gobble up a mind-boggling amount of water. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 July 2021 These small, circular creatures that roam the carpet’s expanse, searching for dust and hair balls to gobble up, do actually exist! Caitlin Kunkel, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 But this time around, graphics cards are mired in a months-long shortage driven by a mixture of sky-high demand, logistics woes caused by the pandemic, a cryptocurrency boom that’s driving miners to gobble up GPUs, and some component shortages. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, 25 Feb. 2021 Californians gobble up a whopping 225 million pounds of pork per month, but only 20% is produced within the state. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Gobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobble. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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