gor·​man·​dize | \ ˈgȯr-mən-ˌdīz How to pronounce gormandize (audio) \
gormandized; gormandizing

Definition of gormandize

intransitive verb

: to eat gluttonously or ravenously

transitive verb

: to eat greedily : devour

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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.

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everybody tends to gormandize on Thanksgiving—it's traditional! hungry soccer players who will gormandize whatever they happen to find in the fridge

First Known Use of gormandize

1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for gormandize

gormand, alteration of gourmand

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“Gormandize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gormandize. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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