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

Definition of gurgle

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

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Other Words from gurgle

gurgle noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for gurgle


bubble, dribble, guggle, lap, plash, ripple, splash, trickle, wash


pour, roll, stream

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Examples of gurgle in a Sentence

The water gurgled through the pipes. I was so hungry that you could hear my stomach gurgling.

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The steam had been gurgling, boiling, building up beneath the surface for more than two decades. Tod Leonard,, "Mickelson made dumb decision, but USGA's U.S. Open setup is a joke," 16 June 2018 There were baby wranglers aplenty to ensure that the small actor was doing fine — and the baby’s mom also was a matter of feet away — so the well-fed baby actress basically just lay there and gurgled happily. Chris Jones,, "When's the last time you saw a real baby on stage? A suggestion for 'Cry It Out'," 22 May 2018 When the volcano’s guts gurgle with a new injection of magma from below, the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater rises. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what’s going on with Hawaii’s erupting volcano," 11 May 2018 There, water gurgled in a fountain, a bird twittered in a cage, and the smell of Chinese herbs filled the air. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 Sewage gurgled up through the pipes of their bathroom sinks, shower and bath tub, the suit says. Aimee Green,, "Smelly rental home thwarts plan to stay in elite Riverdale School District, suit says," 30 Jan. 2018 The engine gurgles happily in Normal mode, and really clears its throat in Sport and Sport Plus. Charles Fleming,, "Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Range Rover Velar: A tale of two rad road trips," 26 Jan. 2018 Sewage flooded parking lots, seeped into car floors, and gurgled up into showers. Brittany Wallman,, "Lauderdale approves $200 million to help stop sewage spilling into streets," 23 Jan. 2018 By knocking off the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers tossed gurgling L.A. a life line — or, more accurately, what could be a life line if the Titans don’t regroup — in the wild-card race. Tom Krasovic,, "Chargers* get big assist from former Spanos critic, now need help from 'Fight for L.A.' rival Rams," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of gurgle

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gurgle

probably imitative

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The first known use of gurgle was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of gurgle

: to make the quiet sound of water moving over rocks, through a pipe, etc.
: to make a sound like a liquid boiling or bubbling
of a baby : to make happy and quiet sounds


gur·​gle | \ ˈgər-gəl How to pronounce gurgle (audio) \
gurgled; gurgling

Kids Definition of gurgle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flow in a bubbling current a gurgling stream
2 : to sound like a liquid flowing with a bubbling current



Kids Definition of gurgle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sound of or like liquid flowing with a bubbling current

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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