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



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːbl//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gobble
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːbl//
    he / she / it gobbles
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒblz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːblz//
    past simple gobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒbld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːbld//
    past participle gobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒbld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːbld//
    -ing form gobbling
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒblɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːblɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to eat something very fast, in a way that people consider rude or greedy synonym wolf gobble (something) Don't gobble your food like that! gobble something up/down They gobbled down all the sandwiches. He gobbled up the last of the chocolates. See related entries: Hunger
  2. 2[intransitive] when a turkey gobbles, it makes a noise in its throat
  3. Word Origin verb sense 1 and

    gobble something up.

    early 17th cent.: probably from gob.
    verb sense 2 late 17th cent.: imitative, perhaps influenced by gobble ‘eat something quickly’.
    Phrasal Verbsgobble somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gobble

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