gur·​gle | \ ˈgər-gəl How to pronounce gurgle (audio) \
gurgled; gurgling\ ˈgər-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce gurgle (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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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 Most mud volcanoes just gurgle up bits of muck from time to time, but one is particularly known for frequent, powerful explosions. Katherine Kornei, Scientific American, "Giant Mud Volcano Reveals Its Powerful Explosive Secrets," 23 Apr. 2021 The ocean, suffocated in oil from the biggest spill ever (at that time), gurgled. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: A hunt for coronavirus cases in the Golden State," 23 Apr. 2020 Along with gurgling a water and salt solution, the post also suggested drinking warm water can kill the virus. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "One 'dangerous' coronavirus 'self-check test' is circulating on social media. Here's why you should avoid it.," 16 Mar. 2020 Sometimes, farm pond bluegill prefer a cupped mouth with its gurgling action, but other times a pointed slider head seems to be the irresistible offering. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 As Shamus gurgled and chewed his sweat shirt, Killgren typed and clicked at her computer, looking back at him occasionally. Katie Johnston,, "More employers are offering parents a chance to bring their babies to work," 19 Jan. 2020 In the neonatal ward, newborns gurgled in the arms of their mothers, who wore bright red head scarves that stood out against the whitewashed walls. David Zucchino, New York Times, "At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day," 12 Sep. 2019 Savannah Trims, a decades-old company based in Lake Park, has seen a boost in recent years for requests to waterproof buildings against coastal assaults from violent hurricane storm surge to gurgling high tide flooding. Kimberly Miller,, "This Palm Beach County business is front and center in fighting flooding," 5 Dec. 2019 Beneath the shady canopy of cottonwoods and willows, the San Pedro River flowed shin-deep, gurgling through smooth rocks., "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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2 May 2021

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“Gurgle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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