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 Fans will surely gobble them up: Season one reached 52 million households in just 28 days. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ginny & Georgia Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 19 Apr. 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, "GeForce RTX 3060: 5 key things you need to know about Nvidia's new GPU," 25 Feb. 2021 The latest video game property hoping to gobble up fans of the battle royale format? Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Pac-Man 99' launches Wednesday, turns classic video game into a battle royale," 7 Apr. 2021 The terror even had the three-step structure of a fairy tale; imagine the wolf trying to gobble you up as Londoners picnic nearby. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 29 Mar. 2021 Traders said the shrinking of this spread reflects appetite for short-term debt as investors gobble up safe assets and park their cash. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, "Key Short-Term Bond Spread Hits Lowest Level in Nearly a Year," 23 Feb. 2021 The research on this is pretty concrete: highly pressured toms are less likely to gobble. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "It’s Likely Going to Be Another Crowded, Pressured Turkey Season. So Quit Whining About It and Find Some New Places to Hunt," 23 Mar. 2021 As part of the program, $5 billion in funding will also be reserved for the smallest independent restaurants, which before COVID-19 earned $500,000 or less in a year, so that bigger establishments don't gobble up the funds. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "What's in the $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund?," 17 Mar. 2021 Amazon, which has thrived through the pandemic, and other online retailers are likely to gobble up a share of those rising digital sales. Marc Bain, Quartz, "E-commerce will soon be a trillion-dollar industry in the US," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Traders said the shrinking of this spread reflects appetite for short-term debt as investors gobble up safe assets and park their cash. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, "Key Short-Term Bond Spread Hits Lowest Level in Nearly a Year," 23 Feb. 2021 The microbes gobble up methane, reducing the trees’ potential emissions by about a third. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Hungry, Hungry Microbes in Tree Bark Gobble Up Methane," 20 Apr. 2021 Google and Facebook now gobble up 77% of revenues in local ad markets. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Real journalism.’ Inside the battle to save local newspapers.," 12 Apr. 2021 In their quest for food, boars regularly gobble the grass on people’s lawns, or rifle chaotically through their trash cans. New York Times, "Where Boars Hog the Streets," 9 Apr. 2021 This mesmerizing collection would make a superb introduction to Murakami for anyone who hasn’t yet fallen under his spell; his legion of devoted fans will gobble it up and beg for more. BostonGlobe.com, "For Murakami, a return to form in ‘First Person Singular,’ a new story collection that sparkles," 1 Apr. 2021 The terror even had the three-step structure of a fairy tale; imagine the wolf trying to gobble you up as Londoners picnic nearby. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 29 Mar. 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, "8 Overlooked Spring Turkey-Hunting Hotspots," 19 Mar. 2021 As part of the program, $5 billion in funding will also be reserved for the smallest independent restaurants, which before COVID-19 earned $500,000 or less in a year, so that bigger establishments don't gobble up the funds. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "What's in the $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund?," 17 Mar. 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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Last Updated

23 Apr 2021

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“Gobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobble. Accessed 7 May. 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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