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Attested since 1576. Possibly imitative of the sound of drinking greedily, or from Old French gouziller, gosillier ‎(to pass through the throat), from gosier ‎(throat), and akin to Italian gozzo ‎(throat; a bird's crop).



guzzle ‎(third-person singular simple present guzzles, present participle guzzling, simple past and past participle guzzled)

  1. To drink (or, sometimes, eat) quickly, voraciously, or to excess; to gulp down; to swallow greedily, continually, or with gust.
    They spent most of their college days guzzling beer.
  2. (intransitive, dated) To consume alcoholic beverages, especially frequently or habitually.
    • 1649, John Milton, Eikonoklastes, Google Books
      A comparison more properly bestowed on those that came to guzzle in his wine cellar.
    • 1684, Roscommon, Essay on Translated Verse, Google Books
      Well-seasoned bowls the gossip's spirits raise, Who, while she guzzles, chats the doctor's praise.
    • 1859, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians, Google Books
      Every theatre had it's footman's gallery: […] they guzzled, devoured, debauched, cheated, played cards, bullied visitors for vails: […]
  3. (by extension) To consume anything quickly, greedily, or to excess, as if with insatiable thirst.
    This car just guzzles petrol.
    • 2004, Mike Rigby, quoted in The Freefoam Roofline Report, [1]
      China continues full steam ahead and the Americans continue to guzzle fuel, while supply becomes restricted.


  • (to drink quickly, voraciously): swig, swill


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guzzle ‎(plural guzzles)

  1. (dated, uncountable) Drink; intoxicating liquor.
    Where squander'd away the tiresome minutes of your evening leisure over seal'd Winchesters of threepenny guzzle!Tom Brown
  2. (dated) A drinking bout; a debauch.
  3. (dated) An insatiable thing or person.
  4. (obsolete, Britain, provincial) A drain or ditch; a gutter; sometimes, a small stream. Also called guzzen.
    • 1598, John Marston, The Scourge of Villanie Google Books
      Means't thou that senseless, sensual epicure, / That sink of filth, that guzzle most impure?
    • 1623, W. Whately, Bride Bush,
      This is all one thing as if hee should goe about to jussle her into some filthy stinking guzzle or ditch.