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


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

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Fans who quickly gobbled up tickets when they were abruptly announced the day before included a couple who started the line outside the Canfield Street complex at 4 p.m. Monday. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jack White, Brendan Benson happily strip down the tunes in intimate Detroit homecoming set," 9 July 2019 Readers ages 8 to 15 with a taste for tough-guy thrills will gobble this one up. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Boys of the Great War," 28 June 2019 This is no longer a show about the ocean as a body of water that can gobble up your secrets, but as a natural force that will inevitably spit them back up at you with a vengeance when the tide rises. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019 After social media gobbled up the O’Rourke-Booker moments, NBC’s technical difficulties at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami became a temporary diversion. oregonlive, "Hot mic! NBC Democratic debate temporarily halted for technical difficulties, so Trump gets to tweeting.," 26 June 2019 Foot traffic remains sluggish at many American malls, and Amazon.com Inc. gobbled up about half of the e-commerce growth during the holidays. Nick Turner, Bloomberg.com, "J.C. Penney and Foot Locker Sink After Weak Sales Results," 2 Mar. 2018 The Tigers will be run oriented as usual with Hicks and Cunningham gobbling up yards. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Eastern League prep football preview," 17 Aug. 2019 That has not stopped China from gobbling up other assets. The Economist, "A polarising president: Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 This kind of dominance, partially achieved by gobbling up its competitors, has led to widespread criticism, including by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who is proposing to break up the tech giant. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Facebook is facing two antitrust probes," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company has aggressively tried to build out its presence and secure more regular revenue, gobbling up cash in the process. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "WeWork’s Options for Raising Cash Are Narrowing Fast Ahead of Its IPO," 11 Sep. 2019 Mugabe made a peace deal with the ZAPU leader, Joshua Nkomo, in 1988, merging the two movements, but in reality ZANU simply gobbled up ZAPU. Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, dies at 95," 5 Sep. 2019 Instead of acquiring European technology or gobbling up an iconic brand like Volvo, a Chinese company is bringing its own cutting-edge know-how. New York Times, "With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry," 2 Sep. 2019 The show is far better savored over several months than gobbled down in one or two all-you-can-eat buffets of pastries, tortes, and tennis cakes. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Netflix won’t let you binge-watch this show’s latest season, and it’s doing you a favor," 1 Sep. 2019 Until the passport program, rental and camping fees were for years gobbled up as general state revenue rather than kept within the state park system. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "New “passport to the parks” bringing lots more visitors to state parks," 31 Aug. 2019 The United States is the world’s biggest net importer of cuisine, gobbling down $55bn more in foreign dishes than the rest of the world eats in American fare (when fast food is excluded, this figure balloons to $134bn). The Economist, "Which countries dominate the world’s dinner tables?," 23 Aug. 2019 But in 2010, researchers confirmed the rusticles were created by a new extremophile bacteria, Halomonas titanicae, which is gobbling up the hull. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Sea," 22 Aug. 2019 WR Geronimo Allison, Packers: Should assume the slot role and gobble up underneath targets in this new offensive system. Cory Bonini, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football: Dak Prescott headlines 2019 all-sleeper team," 14 Aug. 2019

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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 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.


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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