Definition of gorge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡɔːdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡɔːrdʒ//
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  • a deep narrow valley with steep sides synonym canyon the Rhine Gorge See related entries: Other geographic regions
  • Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Old French gorger, from gorge ‘throat’, based on Latin gurges ‘whirlpool’. The noun originally meant ‘throat’ and is from Old French gorge; the current noun sense dates from the mid 18th cent.Extra examples Cheddar Gorge This is an area of spectacular gorges and jagged cliffs. the Cataract GorgeIdioms
    somebody’s gorge rises
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    (formal) somebody feels so angry about something that they feel physically sick
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