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



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡl//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a liquid used for gargling an antiseptic gargle
  2. 2[singular] an act of gargling or a sound like that made when gargling to have a gargle with salt water a bellowing gargle of pain
  3. Word Originearly 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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