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[verb gawr-muh n-dahyz; noun gawr-muh n-deez] /verb ˈgɔr mənˌdaɪz; noun ˌgɔr mənˈdiz/
verb (used with or without object), gormandized, gormandizing.
to eat greedily or ravenously.
Also, especially British, gormandise.
Origin of gormandize
1540-50; < French gourmandise (noun), equivalent to Middle French gourmand gourmand + -ise noun suffix later taken as v. suffix -ize
Related forms
gormandizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gormandize
Historical Examples
  • And how I gormandize on hardtack baked in the first place for the Revolutioners, and kept over ever since.

  • Indeed, very frequently when he did not get permission to gormandize, this naughty glutton helped himself without leave.

    Holiday House Catherine Sinclair
  • Once a year, at the village club dinner, they gormandize to repletion.

  • Their power to gormandize seems unlimited, and the number of insects they can swallow without protest is almost incredible.

  • And others enjoy themselves and gormandize themselves with our labor; and they hold us like dogs on chains, in ignorance.


    Maksim Gorky
  • Go to, thou gorged dullard, and tell thy master to gormandize without me.

  • She satirizes human foibles and weaknesses, showing ghosts that gossip and gormandize, simper and swear as they did in life.

  • Indeed, very frequently, when he did not get permission to gormandize, this naughty glutton helped himself without leave.

British Dictionary definitions for gormandize


verb (ˈɡɔːmənˌdaɪz)
to eat (food) greedily and voraciously
noun (ˈɡɔːmənˌdiːz)
a less common variant of gourmandise
Derived Forms
gormandizer, gormandiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gormandize

1540s, from gourmand + -ize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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