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 Fire also allowed humans to grow huge, energy-greedy brains that gobble up about a fifth of our calories, a far greater proportion than other primates’ brains consume. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "How Civilization Broke Our Brains," 13 Dec. 2020 It’s not much of an exaggeration to think that some of them probably gobble up more energy in a day than average Americans do in weeks. Paul Gessing, National Review, "Netflix Fueled by Oil and Gas in New Mexico," 25 Dec. 2020 The treats landed in the large open palm of Jambi, who could hardly wait to gobble them down. Leslie Cardé, NOLA.com, "Commander's Palace chef whips up reveillon meal for unlikely clients: The animals at Audubon Zoo," 11 Dec. 2020 Veolia, a water- and waste-management utility, has been struggling to gobble up Suez, a rival which is resisting fiercely. The Economist, "Schumpeter Unshackling France SA," 12 Dec. 2020 The big woods gobble up more than 160,000 acres of real estate in Houston and Trinity counties. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Grandma’s still got it: 80-year-old woman shoots buck from kitchen while making lunch," 5 Dec. 2020 The survey found that online shopping will gobble up large shares of holiday sales. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Poll: Most San Diegans to stay put for Thanksgiving, avoid shopping," 24 Nov. 2020 In the hot, high-CO2 future, stomata may be able to gobble up carbon dioxide, then slam shut to hold in water. Gabriel Popkin, National Geographic, "Some tropical forests show surprising resilience as temperatures rise," 19 Nov. 2020 The three huge developments on the drawing board would gobble up almost 40 acres of land in the downtown area. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "These three projects will change the Dallas skyline," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Near the end of this year, the Mail and Calendar apps within Windows 10 could be phased out for a new, web-centric version of Outlook—which could gobble up the traditional Outlook app as well, at a later date. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Report: Windows' Mail, Calendar apps could be replaced by a web-based client," 4 Jan. 2021 It’s not much of an exaggeration to think that some of them probably gobble up more energy in a day than average Americans do in weeks. Paul Gessing, National Review, "Netflix Fueled by Oil and Gas in New Mexico," 25 Dec. 2020 Sure, Facebook’s tendency to gobble up potential competitors or cut them off from its developer tools has probably reduced the level of innovation in the field, but who’s to say what social networking would look like in the counterfactual scenario? Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case," 9 Dec. 2020 Veolia, a water- and waste-management utility, has been struggling to gobble up Suez, a rival which is resisting fiercely. The Economist, "Schumpeter Unshackling France SA," 12 Dec. 2020 The big woods gobble up more than 160,000 acres of real estate in Houston and Trinity counties. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Grandma’s still got it: 80-year-old woman shoots buck from kitchen while making lunch," 5 Dec. 2020 The survey found that online shopping will gobble up large shares of holiday sales. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Poll: Most San Diegans to stay put for Thanksgiving, avoid shopping," 24 Nov. 2020 In the hot, high-CO2 future, stomata may be able to gobble up carbon dioxide, then slam shut to hold in water. Gabriel Popkin, National Geographic, "Some tropical forests show surprising resilience as temperatures rise," 19 Nov. 2020 The three huge developments on the drawing board would gobble up almost 40 acres of land in the downtown area. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "These three projects will change the Dallas skyline," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for gobble

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The first known use of gobble was in 1583

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Gobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobble. Accessed 27 Jan. 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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