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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gurgle noun

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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, 23 Apr. 2021 The ocean, suffocated in oil from the biggest spill ever (at that time), gurgled. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 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, 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,, 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, 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,, 5 Dec. 2019 Beneath the shady canopy of cottonwoods and willows, the San Pedro River flowed shin-deep, gurgling through smooth rocks., 5 Dec. 2019 In the cute video, Nicholas, dressed in a blue T-shirt and shorts, wandered around making gurgling noises. Jen Juneau,, 25 June 2019 See More

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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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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 The only sounds came from a gurgling brook that wound through the gathering …— Peter Brown, The Wild Robot
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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