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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From Old French gloton, gluton, from Latin gluto, glutonis.



glutton (comparative more glutton, superlative most glutton)

  1. gluttonous; greedy; gormandizing.
    "A glutton monastery in former ages makes a hungry ministry in our days." -Fuller.


glutton (plural gluttons)

  1. One who eats voraciously, obsessively, or to excess; a gormandizer.
    "Such a glutton would eat until his belly hurts."
  2. (figuratively) One who consumes voraciously, obsessively, or to excess
    • 1705 — George Granville, The British Enchanters
      "Gluttons in murder, wanton to destroy."
    • c.1860Emily Dickinson, Hope is a subtle Glutton
      Hope is a subtle Glutton / He feeds upon the Fair
    • 1878Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native
      "A good few indeed, my man," replied the captain. "Yes, you may make away with a deal of money and be neither drunkard nor glutton."
  3. (zoology) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo), of the family Mustelidæ, about the size of a large badger. It was formerly believed to be inordinately voracious, whence the name; the wolverine. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia.


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glutton (third-person singular simple present gluttons, present participle gluttoning, simple past and past participle gluttoned)

  1. (obsolete) To glut; to eat voraciously.
    "Gluttoned at last, return at home to pine." -Lovelace.
    "Whereon in Egypt gluttoning they fed." -Drayton.


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