gobble

To gobble is to eat quickly — really quickly. When you gobble your dinner, you hardly even chew your food.

You’ve probably been told that gobbling your food is impolite. However, maybe you can get away with it if you impress your dining companions with some interesting facts about this word’s history. Gobble comes from an Old French word meaning “a mouthful” or “a lump.” It’s related to gob, a slang term for “mouth” in the UK.

Definitions of gobble
  1. verb
    eat hastily without proper chewing
    synonyms: bolt
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    type of:
    eat
    take in solid food
  2. verb
    make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. noun
    the characteristic sound made by a turkey cock
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    type of:
    cry
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
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