gurgle

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Etymology[edit]

Back formation from Middle English gurguling (a rumbling in the belly). Akin to Middle Dutch gorgelen (to gurgle), Middle Low German gorgelen (to gurgle), German gurgeln (to gargle), and perhaps to Latin gurguliō (throat).

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gurgle (third-person singular simple present gurgles, present participle gurgling, simple past and past participle gurgled)

  1. To flow with a bubbling sound.
    The bath water gurgled down the drain.
    • 1728, Edward Young, The Love of Fame
      Pure gurgling rills the lonely desert trace, / And waste their music on the savage race.
  2. To make such a sound.
    The baby gurgled with delight.

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gurgle (plural gurgles)

  1. A gurgling sound.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, chapter 4, in Moonfleet, London; Toronto, Ont.: Jonathan Cape, published 1934:
      Then the conversation broke off, and there was little more talking, only a noise of men going backwards and forwards, and of putting down of kegs and the hollow gurgle of good liquor being poured from breakers into the casks.

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gurgle

  1. inflection of gurgeln:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    3. first/third-person singular subjunctive I