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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Fuller
      A glutton monastery in former ages makes a hungry ministry in our days.
    • 1597William Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV i 3
      So, so, thou common dog, didst thou disgorge
      Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard


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) The wolverine, Gulo gulo, of the family Mustelidae, a carnivorous mammal about the size of a large badger, formerly believed to be inordinately voracious, whence the name; 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Lovelace
      Gluttoned at last, return at home to pine.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Drayton
      Whereon in Egypt gluttoning they fed.


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