gurgle

verb

gur·​gle ˈgər-gəl How to pronounce gurgle (audio)
gurgled; gurgling ˈgər-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gurgle (audio)

intransitive verb

1
: to flow in a broken irregular current
the brook gurgling over the rocks
2
: to make a sound like that of a gurgling liquid
the baby gurgling in his crib
gurgle noun

Examples of gurgle in a Sentence

The water gurgled through the pipes. I was so hungry that you could hear my stomach gurgling.
Recent Examples on the Web The baby gurgles from a stroller while the older children remain fixated on their tablets. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 14 Feb. 2024 Liberated from its pipe, the creek gurgled clear through the rubble, and a cutthroat trout flickered over the gravel. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 Across a gurgling brook, up a muddy slope, over mossy tree limbs, through a tangle of brambles and vines, the dogs covered acres of terrain. Bernhard Warner, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Monsoon rains have finally passed and floods blocking the lone dirt road have retreated enough for a small truck to climb these Himalayan foothills to a gurgling spring. Martha Irvine and Dar Yasin, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 There’s also a vineyard, a dog run, vast patios with an outdoor kitchen, a swimming pool and even a gurgling creek running the property’s full length. James McClain, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Wade’s gurgling pompadour matches well with his roly-poly physique and go-with-the-flow personality. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 My feet were throbbing, my jeans were soaking wet from the rain, and my stomach was both gurgling and cramping. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 The gurgling floodwaters on city streets recalled more deadly storms from previous years, such as the Hurricane Sandy disaster that killed 44 city residents in 2012 — or Hurricane Ida, which killed at least 13 as rising waters trapped people in basement apartments two years ago. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

probably imitative

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gurgle was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Gurgle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gurgle. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

gurgle

verb
gur·​gle ˈgər-gəl How to pronounce gurgle (audio)
gurgled; gurgling ˈgər-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gurgle (audio)
1
: to flow in a broken bubbling current
2
: to make a sound like that of a gurgling liquid
gurgle noun

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