gormandize

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verb gor·man·dize \ˈgȯr-mən-ˌdīz\

Definition of gormandize

gormandized

;

gormandizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to eat gluttonously or ravenously

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to eat greedily :  devour

gormandizer

noun

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>

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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