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

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Patients there guzzle $700m-worth of the stuff a year, out of global sales of perhaps $4bn. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 The process of purchasing one such home is much more involved than a typical home purchase, and without the right resources could turn into a money-guzzling and time-sucking investment. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 It’s designed to move containers more efficiently by rail through a double-stack method while offering a cheaper alternative to gas-guzzling trucks. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 Waste haulers, for instance, maintain large fleets of gas-guzzling garbage trucks, most burning diesel fuel, which saw an even higher 21.5 cent-per-gallon tax hike. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Gas tax fallout, Bean graffiti and other things to know to start your day," 3 July 2019 The Polar Star chugged into Pearl Harbor, using a gas-guzzling turbine usually reserved for ice-breaking. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex," 2 Aug. 2019 And to help pay for the shift, Krueger doubled down on gas-guzzling, supercharged luxury cars such as the 8-Series sports car and full-size X7 SUV., "Slow transition to electric cars dooms BMW chief Harald Krueger," 6 July 2019 After that, state agencies will be charged with implementing the plan, which environmentalists imagine could mean everything from banning gas-guzzling cars to planting new forests as carbon sinks. New York Times, "12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York," 21 June 2019 The Trump administration says American consumers increasingly want bigger, gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks . Ellen Knickmeyer,, "Charlie Baker among 23 governors to join Calif. in opposing Trump mileage freeze," 9 July 2019

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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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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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