gobble

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Etymology 1[edit]

From gob +‎ -le. See also French gober.

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gobble (third-person singular simple present gobbles, present participle gobbling, simple past and past participle gobbled)

  1. To eat hastily or greedily; to scoff or scarf (often used with up)
    He gobbled four hot dogs in three minutes.
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gobble (plural gobbles)

  1. (Scotland, slang, vulgar) fellatio; blowjob
    • 2009, Mandasue Heller, The Charmer:
      Nowadays, he was lucky if his mam's auld drinking cronies gave him a gobble.
  2. (rare) An act of eating hastily or greedily.
    • 1983, Liam O'Flaherty, The Assassin (page 53)
      [] wrinkling his forehead and moving his jaws and throat violently, as if he expected to choke with each gobble.
  3. (golf) A rapid straight putt so strongly played that, if the ball had not gone into the hole, it would have gone a long way past.

Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoetic of the sound of a turkey.

Verb[edit]

gobble (third-person singular simple present gobbles, present participle gobbling, simple past and past participle gobbled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) Of a turkey, to make its characteristic vocalisation; also, used of certain other birds.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 72:
      Not before this performance is over does he [a male capercaillie] settle down to play, and commence gobbling and snapping his beak.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To make the sound of a turkey.
    • 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, History of the Earth and Animated Nature
      He [] gobbles out a note of self-approbation.
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gobble (plural gobbles)

  1. The sound of a turkey; or, a similar vocalisation of another bird.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 86:
      But while the hen continued her cackle he finished his first play, and had commenced the gobble of his second, when a twig cracked beneath my feet.
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