Definition of gargle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gargle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gargle
BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡl//
 
he / she / it gargles
BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡlz//
 
past simple gargled
BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡld//
 
past participle gargled
BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡld//
 
-ing form gargling
BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] gargle (with something) to wash inside your mouth and throat by moving a liquid around at the back of your throat and then spitting it out Gargle with salt water if your throat is sore. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from French gargouiller ‘gurgle, bubble’, from gargouille ‘throat’; related to Greek gargarizein ‘to gargle’ (imitating the sounds made in the throat).
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