guz·​zle | \ ˈgə-zəl How to pronounce guzzle (audio) \
guzzled; guzzling\ ˈgəz-​liŋ How to pronounce guzzle (audio) , ˈgə-​zə-​ \

Definition of guzzle

intransitive verb

: to drink especially liquor greedily, continually, or habitually

transitive verb

1 : to drink greedily or habitually guzzle beer
2 : consume, use up devices that guzzle electricity

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Other Words from guzzle

guzzler \ ˈgəz-​lər How to pronounce guzzle (audio) , ˈgə-​zə-​ \ 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 Putin maintains his grip by allowing loyalists in the military, intelligence, bureaucracy and law enforcement to guzzle Russia’s resources, Inozemtsev said. Washington Post, "In Russia, tough new laws and stepped-up defiance abroad mark Putin’s shift toward unfettered control," 27 Dec. 2020 And its cloud-computing division operates 24 massive data centers that guzzle energy around the globe. Washington Post, "Amazon adds Microsoft, Unilever to its climate group that critics say lacks transparency," 9 Dec. 2020 An ordinary nightlife scene came to an early close at the Blarney Pub & Grill in Minneapolis on Friday in compliance with Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 safety order, forcing bar patrons to guzzle their beers by 10 p.m. and leave. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, "Tougher enforcement of Minnesota bars, restaurants not on COVID menu," 15 Nov. 2020 Plus, less hair in the face gives Halsey one more thing to show off: Her glowing skin, which is enough of a gallery-worthy vision to prompt her millions of her followers (and me!) to guzzle a gallon of water immediately. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Halsey Shows Off a Fresh Buzz Cut," 20 Oct. 2020 One Florida entrepreneur is capitalizing on the trend with Get Pickl’ed, bags of pickle juice ready made to guzzle after a tough workout., "Sun Sentinel Instagram: The stories behind our posts," 22 Aug. 2020 During its stay with us, the big truck guzzled fuel at a voracious, but not surprising, rate of 8 mpg. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Builds a 1994 GMC Suburban That Hits 60 In 4.6 Seconds," 25 May 2020 The book combines scholarly and conversational approaches to show how moonshine has run the gamut from backwoods guzzling, economic survival, political activism and regional heritage to trendy consumption. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 years after Prohibition, moonshine escapes its back-roads origins," 5 May 2020 Yet modern moms are still portrayed across mediums as sexless, wine-guzzling matrons, relieved of the burden of intellectual curiosity and forever at the mercy of our children’s desires. Amil Niazi,, "Putting Myself First Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Mum," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of guzzle

1567, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for guzzle

origin unknown

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11 Jan 2021

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“Guzzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guzzle

informal : to drink (something, such as beer or liquor) quickly or in large amounts


guz·​zle | \ ˈgə-zəl How to pronounce guzzle (audio) \
guzzled; guzzling

Kids Definition of guzzle

: to drink greedily

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