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

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 The Ugly The existential dread of an ever-expanding hole gobbling up the entire world. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Donut County lets you become one with nothingness," 27 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nvidia released new graphics chips last fall that included newfangled ray-tracing technology, but gamers haven’t gobbled them up—possibly waiting for prices to drop and more games to exploit the latest features. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Nvidia’s Revenue Sinks 24%, but Wall Street Feared Worse," 14 Feb. 2019 But Michelin, and just about everyone else, gobbled it up. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Michelin-starred French master chef Joel Robuchon dies at 73," 6 Aug. 2018 If county commissioners were to keep the tax rate the same as this year, Grinnell’s request would gobble it all up and still be short $1 million. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake has ability to beef up Sheriff's Office and keep taxes reasonable," 25 June 2018 In wet years, crayfish tend to be less plentiful because after baby crayfish emerge from their burrows, they get gobbled up by fish, Cook said. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 One of the millions of Americans gobbling them down as the Patriots battle the Eagles will be Laura McDaniel. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Americans to eat 1.35 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend," 2 Feb. 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 In an era saturated with celebrated shows on Netflix and cable that gobble up awards and critical praise, Mr. Fillion is an old-school TV star whose recent headlining gigs are on shows that cord-cutters might pay no mind to. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "‘The Rookie’: An Under-the-Radar Success for ABC’s Go-To Guy," 29 Dec. 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)

imitative

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gobbledygook

gobbler

gobbo

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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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