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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There were some astonishing healthy gurgling babies lying there on the bathroom floor; our job was to go and pick them up at some very interesting prices. Washington Post, "When a Spy Network Beats an Investing Spreadsheet," 18 Sep. 2019 For the Canadian mother-and-daughters trio behind outerwear brand Therma Kōta, inspiration can come gurgling out of a geothermal geyser in Iceland. Fortune, "Canadian Brand Therma Kōta Is on a Mission to Make Outerwear Cool," 25 Aug. 2019 The baby makes gurgling noise at one point when Mallard announces that one lawmaker’s time to speak in the debate has expired. Julia Webster, Time, "New Zealand House Speaker Feeds Lawmaker's Baby During Parliament Debate," 22 Aug. 2019 Salma gurgled and grinned, her big blue eyes fixed on him. Washington Post, "Your baby bump photos terrify me. Here’s why.," 2 Aug. 2019 Nine-month-old Charlie gurgled happily as my husband, Adam, scooped him up and nuzzled his belly. Washington Post, "There’s a new hierarchy in our family," 16 July 2019 In the cute video, Nicholas, dressed in a blue T-shirt and shorts, wandered around making gurgling noises. Jen Juneau,, "Enrique Iglesias Shares Sweet New Video of Son Nicholas, 18 Months, on a Boat: 'Weekend Vibes'," 25 June 2019 The submarine gurgled past Lt Cdr Firdaus and the two divers towards the three men. Rahul Singh, Quartz India, "You’ve heard stories of Indian Army and Air Force heroes. Now here’s an angel from the Navy," 23 June 2019 Only a year ago, streams of lava gurgled from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, blocking roads and inching across fields. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Newborn Hawaii beach is already polluted with tiny pieces of plastic," 30 May 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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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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