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
Recent Examples on the Web But iTunes kept guzzling other functions: digital movies, TV shows, and then apps. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "What the Death of iTunes Says About Our Digital Habits," 2 Jan. 2020 Watching a crew of humanoid felines guzzle gelatinous-looking CGI milk was, well… gag-worthy. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "‘Cats’ relies on big-name cast and fails to suspend disbelief: Review," 19 Dec. 2019 Still, the company acknowledges that governments and regulators are becoming hostile toward anything that guzzles gasoline, or even sips it. New York Times, "Out: M.P.G. In: Kilowatt-Hours. Classic Cars Get an Electric Jolt.," 12 Dec. 2019 To hydrate, swim in the pool, catch the mist off the meditation garden’s water feature or guzzle a glass of cota. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Albuquerque," 11 Dec. 2019 At the next changeover, Nadal flexed his right forearm and was visited again by the trainer, took a salt pill and guzzled some drinks, then shook that arm between points in the following game. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal shows his strength in reaching US Open semifinals," 5 Sep. 2019 That gives it leverage over Europe, which guzzles Libyan crude oil. The Economist, "Magnet for mayhem Foreign powers are piling into Libya," 12 Dec. 2019 American has replaced many of its gas-guzzling older planes with new, more efficient jets over the last several years. David Koenig, USA TODAY, "American Airlines CEO warns higher fares are coming," 27 Apr. 2018 To prepare for the role, Grint worked with a voice coach to perfect Julian’s starchy Philadelphia accent and took a crash course in all things wine, which the Turners guzzle religiously. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Rupert Grint on 'deeply disturbing' Apple TV+ series 'Servant,' re-watching 'Harry Potter'," 28 Nov. 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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The first known use of guzzle was in 1567

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guzzle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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