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gator +‎ -ade; the drink was created at the request of Florida Gators football head coach Ray Graves.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The Gatorade Company, Inc., a company that sells sports drinks.
    • 2013, Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead, & Andrew Campbell, Think Again, →ISBN:
      It seems highly likely that Smithburg's brain was “imprinted” with an ability to recognize a Gatorade-type situation: a category leader in a fast-growth niche with potential for further development.


Gatorade (countable and uncountable, plural Gatorades)

  1. A sports drink sold by The Gatorade Company.
    • 2009, Connie Strasheim, Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment, →ISBN:
      I may also recommend that they take Peltier Electrolytes from Crayhon Research, which is kind of like glorified Gatorade, but which works well to replenish some of the cell's missing elements.
    • 2010, Anne Canadeo, A Stitch Before Dying, →ISBN, page 50:
      I like to say it's Gatorade for the soul.” Phoebe turned to Lucy.
    • 2013, Greg Figueroa & Emily Feliciano, Pick-up Line Comebacks For Women, page 4:
      I've got a thirst, baby, and you smell like my Gatorade.
  2. (by extension) Any sports drink.
    • 1990, School Foodservice Journal - Volume 44, page 48:
      The beverage selection is a unique feature of Ole Cafe, with a variety of canned gatorades, assorted fruit drinks and "slushies" on the line.
    • 2001, Mary Hance, Ms. Cheap's Guide to Getting More for Less, →ISBN:
      We figure that we save nearly $200 a year in mixing our own Gatorade,” she boasts.
    • 2002, Ronald J. Mikos, Dragon's Breath, →ISBN:
      I had lots of homemade Gatorade, two big burgers and a few minutes later I was cruising like the machine again.
    • 2011, Suzanne Boothby, The After Cancer Diet: How To Live Healthier Than Ever Before, →ISBN:
      Add a splash of lemon or lime and a hefty pinch of a high quality sea salt and you've just created a homemade Gatorade without all the extra sugars, neon colors, or added ingredients.
    • 2011, Patrice Evans, Negropedia, →ISBN:
      Well, there's water, and then there's quarter-waters. Ghetto Gatorade.



  1. (transitive, informal) To serve a Gatorade to.
    • 2010, "Fly", season 3, episode 10 of Breaking Bad
      Jesse: Yo, if this is supposed to be all like, major league and all, we should have equipment maintainer guys. And water boys, you know? "Yo, Gatorade me, bitch!" Get us a couple of flunkies in here. Treat us right.