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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Lo, investors seeking to reduce their tax liability are gobbling up municipal bonds, driving down yields and reducing government borrowing costs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Muni-Bond Mania," 4 Apr. 2019 The 5-foot-11, 215-pound veteran gobbled up 1,042 total yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, in 15 games last season. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Oakland Raiders," 8 Oct. 2018 The Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Big Ten conferences gobbled up 12 of the 16 slots, with the ACC having a national-best five teams — led by top seeds Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — followed by the SEC’s four and the Big Ten’s three. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16," 26 Mar. 2019 Want to look like the intellectual type who gobbles up Shakespeare and historical biographies but only have the attention span for a Netflix special? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Ruining Your Bookshelves with These Dumb Design Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019 To test out Terry's interval eating theory and its ability to gobble up aging-promoting toxins, the Dubrows organized their own six-month trial with 100 participants. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 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 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 New Zealand, home to tons of rare endemic species being gobbled up by rats, cats, weasels and other invasive species, is undertaking a monumental campaign to eradicate non-native mammals by 2050. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018

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For years, economists and researchers have warned of the dangers posed by large health systems across the country that are gobbling up hospitals, surgery centers and physicians' offices — enabling them to limit competition and hike prices. Chad Terhune, latimes.com, "California hospital giant Sutter Health faces heavy backlash on prices," 15 May 2018 At a time when commercial developers are gobbling up property near downtown to build modern multifamily complexes, Bailey's house is one of just a handful in the Samuels Avenue neighborhood that are being preserved. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Fort Worth's Samuels Avenue is booming, but how much of its past is worth saving? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 Mar. 2018 Amazon executives want to gobble up the U.S. market while the competition remains fairly minimal, according to the people. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon: Best of Frenemies," 5 Jan. 2019 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 Now, the firm competes with the industry heavyweight WeWork — valued at more than $20 billion — and a slew of other deep-pocketed operators that are pouring into Boston and gobbling up office space, often leasing it to large corporate clients. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Workbar, poised for more growth, has a new CEO," 23 May 2018 The gobbler thunders a response, flies down from the roost and gobbles again. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Sound advice: More gobbles on horizon during turkey season," 11 Apr. 2018 Despite the political hurdles, an effort to rein in prices is tantalizing for policymakers, as healthcare costs gobble up more of state budgets, employers' bottom lines and workers' paychecks. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "An ambitious California bill would put the state in charge of controlling prices in the commercial healthcare market," 9 Apr. 2018 Soon, specialty pharmacies were popping up everywhere, and big drug benefit managers gobbled up some of the most successful ones. Bloomberg.com, "Big Health-Care Players Are Turning Their Partners Into Prey," 12 Mar. 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)


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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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