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noun (1)

: a narrow passage through land
especially : a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon
: throat
often used with rise to indicate revulsion accompanied by a sensation of constriction
My gorge rises at the sight of blood.
: a hawk's crop
: the entrance into an outwork (such as a bastion) of a fort
: a primitive device used instead of a fishhook that consists of an object (such as a piece of bone attached in the middle of a line) easy to swallow but difficult to eject
: a mass choking a passage
a river dammed by an ice gorge
: the line on the front of a coat or jacket formed by the crease of the lapel and collar


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gorged; gorging

intransitive verb

: to eat greedily or to repletion
also : to partake of something in large amounts
gorging on books

transitive verb

: to stuff to capacity : glut
: to fill completely or to the point of distension
veins gorged with blood
: to consume greedily
gorger noun


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noun (2)

: the act or an instance of gorging
Choose the Right Synonym for gorge

satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion.

satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire.

years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel
readers were sated with sensationalistic stories

surfeit implies a nauseating repletion.

surfeited themselves with junk food

cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting.

sentimental pictures that cloy after a while

pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite.

a life of leisure eventually begins to pall

glut implies excess in feeding or supplying.

a market glutted with diet books

gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking.

gorged themselves with chocolate

Examples of gorge in a Sentence

Verb We gorged on chips and cookies. We gorged ourselves on chips and cookies.
Recent Examples on the Web
For example, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, borders the Tian Shan mountains and is a gateway to Ala-Archa National Park, known for its stunning, rocky gorge and towering Ak-Sai waterfall. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 While Redford and Newman landed on a ledge with a mattress a few feet below, Gilbert and fellow stunt performer Howard Curtis had actually taken off from a construction crane at the Paramount Ranch outside Los Angeles in front of a matte painting of a gorge. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 Another rare salamander — the Hickory Nut Gorge green salamander that inhabits a river gorge in North Carolina — is another species the Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing for federal protections as of Jan. 24. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 Natural Bridge State Park Natural Bridge, Virginia The centerpiece of this state park is a 215-foot-tall limestone gorge eroded into a natural bridge by Cedar Creek, which flows below. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023 The Tunnel 5 fire burning on the Washington side of the gorge was 5% contained as of Tuesday morning. oregonlive, 4 July 2023 And then in Ithaca, the trend is going to the gorges, going to the waterfalls. Sheryl Lee Ralph, Glamour, 26 Sep. 2023 Military experts say that Azerbaijani troops would likely require just two days to traverse the gorge, a feat that could effectively sever the southern region of Armenia, known as Syunik, from the rest of the country. Olesya Vartanyan, Foreign Affairs, 8 Dec. 2023 Expansive stretches of farmland dotted with sheep and cattle, deep gorges and steel bridges, views of waterfalls and one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels await travelers on this spectacular ride, which cuts through the mountains that partition New Zealand’s South Island. Shraddha Chowdhury, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Dec. 2023
Astronomers think the explosion was triggered by a white dwarf — the core of a star that has run out of fuel — gorging on material from a neighboring star. Katrina Miller, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 They'd been invited to cook at a series of exclusive dinners at JW Marriotts in New Delhi and Mumbai, but the trip would also provide a chance to gorge on flavors familiar and not, in the hopes of discovering dishes to reproduce artfully in New York. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Dec. 2023 Palestinian Israelis come, too, to amble through the souks of the Old City, buy traditional products like olive oil soap and gorge their way through the city’s embarrassment of rich desserts. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 Also gorging on the scenery is Keegan-Michael Key as the Chief of Police, on the take from the cartel and accepting payment in chocolate, which causes his girth to keep expanding in a tiresome running fat joke. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Dec. 2023 The movie’s most meaningful recurring image is not of Napoleon commanding his troops, but rather of Napoleon gorging himself on food and drink, often at diplomatic meetings with foreign frenemies like Alexander I (Édouard Philipponnat) or Francis I (Miles Jupp). Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 That led financial speculators to gorge on low-grade mortgages, delivering the global financial crisis of 2008, said Brad Setser, a former U.S. Treasury Department official and now an economist at the Council on Foreign Relations. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 And House of Usher gorges itself at this terrifying table. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 And Emma Stone gorges on it in a fearless, career-defining lead performance. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1), Verb, and Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin gurga, alteration of gurges, from Latin, whirlpool — more at voracious

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gorge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorge. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a narrow passage, ravine, or steep-walled canyon


2 of 2 verb
gorged; gorging
: to eat greedily : stuff oneself
gorger noun

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