noun (1)
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Definition of gorge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a narrow passage through land especially : a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon
2 : throat often used with rise to indicate revulsion accompanied by a sensation of constriction My gorge rises at the sight of blood.
3a : a hawk's crop
b : stomach, belly
4 : the entrance into an outwork (such as a bastion) of a fort
5 : 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
6 : a mass choking a passage a river dammed by an ice gorge
7 : the line on the front of a coat or jacket formed by the crease of the lapel and collar


gorged; gorging

Definition of gorge (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1a : to stuff to capacity : glut
b : to fill completely or to the point of distension veins gorged with blood
2 : to consume greedily


noun (2)

Definition of gorge (Entry 3 of 3)

: the act or an instance of gorging

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gorger noun

Synonyms for gorge

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

First Known Use of gorge

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

History and Etymology for gorge

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

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

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“Gorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorge. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of gorge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon


gorged; gorging

Kids Definition of gorge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat greedily

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