gobble

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

gobble

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One possible explanation is that the super-massive black hole at the centre of the Galaxy underwent a period of intense matter-gobbling that created the outburst, say the researchers. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Giant “Bubbles” Spotted Around Milky Way’s Black Hole," 11 Sep. 2019 Even in mining, domestic firms are being gobbled up by foreign giants such as Rio Tinto and Newmont. The Economist, "EconomyRedistribution and innovation drive Canada’s changing economy," 25 July 2019 Unfortunately, tickets for the free event, a joint effort by Milwaukee PBS, PNC Financial Services and Betty Brinn, were gobbled up weeks ago. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not just dog days: Equal time for other critters on your to-do list in August," 10 Aug. 2017 From the outskirts of St. Cloud to the rolling hills outside Mount Dora, land is being gobbled up by national production builders. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Developers gobble up vacant land for new homes across Central Florida," 1 Aug. 2017 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beginning in the 1960s, fisheries managers were able to make the best of a bad situation by stocking non-native salmon and trout that gobbled up the alewives and created a thriving sport fishery. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR has proposed increases in chinook stocking, and there's still time to weigh in," 14 Sep. 2019 One possible explanation is that the super-massive black hole at the centre of the Galaxy underwent a period of intense matter-gobbling that created the outburst, say the researchers. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Giant “Bubbles” Spotted Around Milky Way’s Black Hole," 11 Sep. 2019 Most of the available chips have already been gobbled up, but the listings themselves provide deeper insight into AMD’s strategy. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Pre-binned Ryzen 3000 CPU listings reveal the limits of AMD overclocking potential," 15 Aug. 2019 And yet, millions of marauding wild pigs have invaded large swaths of the southern U.S., eviscerating crops, gobbling up endangered sea turtles and trampling archaeological sites in a rampage showing no signs of letting up. Alex Horton, Twin Cities, "Alex Horton: Think 30-50 feral hogs is a joke? Millions are rampaging across the country.," 8 Aug. 2019 Facebook has gobbled up a large share of the advertising dollars that previously went to newspapers and online news outlets. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "Facebook offers media outlets millions to license content, WSJ reports," 8 Aug. 2019 Namely, the money will not be used to stop the pervasive surveillance, data gobbling and hard-to-understand privacy problems that make consumers feel so helpless. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Facebook’s $5 Billion Fine Should Be Spent," 20 July 2019 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

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of gobble was in 1583

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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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