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 What prompted Archaeopteris to evolve its suite of nutrient-guzzling traits is still unclear. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Forest Has 385-Million-Year-Old Tree Roots," 20 Dec. 2019 But guzzling them incurs high costs for both carnivorous humans and the planet. The Economist, "How much would giving up meat help the environment?," 15 Nov. 2019 The requests for a fuel-guzzling vehicle became a joke among Clinton staff, since Sanders had railed against fossil fuel companies in his campaign. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Bernie Sanders outspent rivals on private jets at $1.2M late last year," 1 Feb. 2020 Senate rules do not prohibit a senator from chugging, slurping, guzzling, or lapping milk, either. Nehemiah Markos, The New Yorker, "More Senate Rules Regarding Milk," 31 Jan. 2020 By promoting gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles instead of smaller models, VW has also made the carbon pollution problem worse. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Germany Is Wrong About Nuclear Power," 5 June 2019 Worry about the movie and not whether or not the extra glass of wine your guzzling down will break. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Gear for a backyard theater that’s better than the local cinema," 9 Aug. 2017 The materials employed in their construction are hauled for miles in fuel-burning trucks and shipped in gas-guzzling tankers. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "A Clear Menace," 14 Jan. 2020 For Trump to attempt to create an island of gas-guzzling inefficiency in a sea of increasingly efficient zero-emission cars is insanity. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California, China to team up on climate research institute," 23 Sep. 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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22 Feb 2020

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“Guzzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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