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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Today’s RV travel has come a long way from the nostalgic experience that brings to mind the gas-guzzling, bulky vehicles, with earth-tone carpet and all. John-john Williams Iv,, "With a pool and grocery store, Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina in Abingdon isn’t just a campground," 22 Aug. 2019 That’s in comparison to, say, London, where the espresso martini is de rigueur at most bars and restaurants, and where they are guzzled with aplomb as a sort of thinking drinking person’s substitute for a vodka Red Bull. Jordan Michelman,, "What’s brewing in Chinatown: a microguide to four unique coffee bars," 21 June 2019 The heat was brutal on Sunday at the Texas Folklife Festival, where festival goers stuck to the shade, guzzled lemonade and water and gamely fanned themselves. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Texas Folklife Festival brings new artisans to San Antonio," 9 June 2019 Beer Can House, Houston After guzzling down an ice-cold beer, most people pitch empty cans into the nearest recycling bin, but not John Milkovisch. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 Runway shows tend to be big, energy-guzzling productions that result in small mountains of waste in the form of decor, water bottles, paper products, and more. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Is carbon-neutrality fashion’s next runway trend?," 12 Sep. 2019 Converting fully to renewable energy is an ambitious goal, especially for a logistics company that relies on gas-guzzling cargo planes and trucks to deliver goods to consumers’ doors in two days or less. Wired, "Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over the Company's Climate Change Inaction," 9 Sep. 2019 In 2008, the F-150 line offered three engines, all of them gas-guzzling V8s. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Trump says automakers are ‘crazy’ to side with California. They don’t need another fight," 28 Aug. 2019 The Polar Star chugged into Pearl Harbor, using a gas-guzzling turbine usually reserved for ice-breaking. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 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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