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

Examples of gobble in a Sentence

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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 There’s been a lot of buzz about Google gobbling up land in San Jose and big plans for an overhaul of the city’s sleepy downtown train station. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "Google’s big plans for downtown San Jose — answers for all your questions," 21 July 2019 Google and Facebook are squeezing local news by gobbling up more and more advertising dollars. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Justice’s Antitrust Confusion," 8 July 2019 But after just eight years of gobbling up ferns and other plants, the same creature would have weighed more than a ton. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Like humans, this dinosaur crawled before it walked," 20 May 2019 Based on the Veloster, the RM16 is a modern take on the 2001 Renault Sport Clio V-6, a zany little French hatch with a big engine gobbling up the rear seats and cargo bay. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Rimac is Helping Hyundai Make an N-Branded EV Hatch and a Sporty Hydrogen Car," 15 May 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

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Others pointed out that units that could be occupied by long-term residents were being gobbled up as vacation rentals — which shrinks the housing stock and contributes to rising rents. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale could implement Airbnb rules this fall," 23 July 2019 And one by one, the top options on the free agent were being gobbled up. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "After Al Horford’s departure to Philadelphia, Celtics rebound by acquiring Enes Kanter," 1 July 2019 Most of the world considers Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to be obstacles to peace that gobble up territories claimed by the Palestinians for a future independent state. Washington Post, "US duty free owners give millions to Israeli settlements," 1 July 2019 Off the side of the Esperanza, the manta trawl lazily gobbles up water samples from the ocean's surface that are filtered through its long mesh tail. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Microplastics discovered in 'extreme' concentrations in the North Atlantic," 19 Aug. 2019 Assorted collectibles gobble every spare inch of space in the big roadhouse. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 In Mitchell’s postwar heyday, consumers gobbled up modern convenience foods, many of them developed during the war as shelf-stable soldiers’ rations. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "The Scientist Behind Some of Our Favorite Junk Foods," 20 July 2019 Montgomery and quarterback Brock Purdy (100 attempts for 451 yards) gobbled up most of the touches on the ground in 2018, leaving Nwangwu, Lang and Croney with between 23 and 39 rushing attempts apiece. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Big 12: Is ‘Horns Down’ a penalty? ‘It depends’," 16 July 2019 Loch Bar patrons, Smith said, are gobbling up oysters, lobsters and other raw bar selections with unbridled glee. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ouzo Bay brings seafood thrills to River Oaks," 12 July 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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