guz·​zle ˈgə-zəl How to pronounce guzzle (audio)
guzzled; guzzling ˈgə-z(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce guzzle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to drink especially liquor greedily, continually, or habitually

transitive verb

: to drink greedily or habitually
guzzle beer
: consume, use up
devices that guzzle electricity
guzzler noun

Examples of guzzle in a Sentence

guzzled my soda before I could stop him teenagers sneaking out to guzzle in the woods
Recent Examples on the Web Blinken’s appropriation of Young’s song was irrelevant to the reality of what’s happening in Ukraine, where U.S. dollars are endlessly guzzled without oversight or accounting. Armond White, National Review, 17 May 2024 Meanwhile, Chinese tech companies like Huawei are making headway on new smartphones and guzzling the market share Apple is losing. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 3 May 2024 Meanwhile, ribs are devoured, beer is guzzled and, when conflict ratchets up, shots are thrown back. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The guests who noshed on Thomas’ roast beef and guzzled his liquor suddenly are a lot less convivial. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 19 Mar. 2024 On the back wall hang black and white photos of Prohibition protests and patrons guzzling beer in real speakeasies. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 In the background sat Jason Kelce, shirtless and guzzling a beer. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 22 Jan. 2024 The ruling disrupted fertility treatments that are expensive, physically and emotionally taxing, and extremely time-sensitive, guzzling precious resources that many couples did not have. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 While some have said the judgment came too late, allowing parties like the BJP to guzzle up extraordinary amounts of money already, Chhokar said the new information will become of prime political importance in the run-up to the election. Karishma Mehrotra, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of guzzle was in 1567

Dictionary Entries Near guzzle

Cite this Entry

“Guzzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


guz·​zle ˈgəz-əl How to pronounce guzzle (audio)
guzzled; guzzling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce guzzle (audio)
: to drink greedily
guzzled soft drinks
: to use up : consume
cars guzzling gas
guzzler noun

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