gormandize

verb gor·man·dize \ ˈgȯr-mən-ˌdīz \

Definition of gormandize

gormandized; gormandizing
intransitive verb
: to eat gluttonously or ravenously
transitive verb
: to eat greedily : devour

gormandizer

noun

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Examples of gormandize in a Sentence

  1. everybody tends to gormandize on Thanksgiving—it's traditional!

  2. hungry soccer players who will gormandize whatever they happen to find in the fridge

The Evolution of gormandize

Gormandize entered English in the mid-1500s as a modification of gourmand, a term borrowed from the French that served as a synonym of glutton. The meaning of gourmand softened over time, developing in the mid-18th century a sense referring to one who is "heartily interested in good food and drink." It wasn't until the early 19th century that the wholly positive gourmet became established. Whether that now-common word encouraged the adoption of or was influenced by the softer meaning of gourmand is unknown. Gormandize, too, has softened over time, but only slightly: it can now also imply that a big eater has a discriminating palate as well as a generous appetite.

Origin and Etymology of gormandize

gormand, alteration of gourmand

gormandize Synonyms

Synonyms
gorge, overeat, pig out, swill
Related Words
devour, glut, sate, stuff, surfeit, wolf; banquet, feast, regale; bolt, cram, gulp, guzzle
Near Antonyms
nibble, peck, pick, taste


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