Definition of gormandize
: to eat gluttonously or ravenously
: to eat greedily : devour
Examples of gormandize in a sentence
<everybody tends to gormandize on Thanksgiving—it's traditional!>
<hungry soccer players who will gormandize whatever they happen to find in the fridge>
Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1548
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