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>
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Gormandize entered English in the mid-1500s as a modification of "gourmand," a term borrowed from the French that served as a synonym for "glutton." The meanings of both "gourmand" and "gormandize" were clearly disparaging until the 19th century, when "gourmet" came into use to refer to a connoisseur of food and drink. Since then, the meaning of "gourmand" has softened, so that it now suggests someone who likes good food in large quantities but not in a way that is disgusting or gluttonous. "Gormandize" still carries such negative connotations, but it can 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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