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noun (1)

: a narrow passage through land
especially : a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon
: throat
often used with rise to indicate revulsion accompanied by a sensation of constriction
My gorge rises at the sight of blood.
: a hawk's crop
: the entrance into an outwork (such as a bastion) of a fort
: a primitive device used instead of a fishhook that consists of an object (such as a piece of bone attached in the middle of a line) easy to swallow but difficult to eject
: a mass choking a passage
a river dammed by an ice gorge
: the line on the front of a coat or jacket formed by the crease of the lapel and collar


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gorged; gorging

intransitive verb

: to eat greedily or to repletion
also : to partake of something in large amounts
gorging on books

transitive verb

: to stuff to capacity : glut
: to fill completely or to the point of distension
veins gorged with blood
: to consume greedily
gorger noun


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noun (2)

: the act or an instance of gorging
Choose the Right Synonym for gorge

satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion.

satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire.

years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel
readers were sated with sensationalistic stories

surfeit implies a nauseating repletion.

surfeited themselves with junk food

cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting.

sentimental pictures that cloy after a while

pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite.

a life of leisure eventually begins to pall

glut implies excess in feeding or supplying.

a market glutted with diet books

gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking.

gorged themselves with chocolate

Examples of gorge in a Sentence

Noun (1) walked the bridge over the gorge, marveling at the spectacular drop Verb We gorged on chips and cookies. We gorged ourselves on chips and cookies.
Recent Examples on the Web
Luxurious amenities aside, the itineraries provide opportunities for adventure, too, such as hiking the gorges of Aviemore, canoeing on the famous Loch Ness, and shooting at clay pigeons at the Rothiemurchus estate. Luke Abrahams, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2024 This colossal bridge spanning a deep gorge has been in the hands of the Barberini family since 1633, when Pope Urban VIII acquired the surrounding estate. David Laskin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2024
Bluegill, crappie, and other small predatory fish gorge themselves on flies sitting on the surface. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 6 June 2024 Editors’ Picks Image Buffalo country My trekking plan always had an ulterior motive: to justify gorging on Cilento food and wine. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for gorge 

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Word History


Noun (1), Verb, and Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin gurga, alteration of gurges, from Latin, whirlpool — more at voracious

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gorge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorge. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a narrow passage, ravine, or steep-walled canyon


2 of 2 verb
gorged; gorging
: to eat greedily : stuff oneself
gorger noun

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