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gurgle

[gur-guh l] /ˈgɜr gəl/
verb (used without object), gurgled, gurgling.
1.
to flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current:
The water gurgled from the bottle.
2.
to make a sound as of water doing this (often used of birds or of human beings).
verb (used with object), gurgled, gurgling.
3.
to utter or express with a gurgling sound:
The baby gurgled its delight.
noun
4.
the act or noise of gurgling.
Origin of gurgle
1555-1565
1555-65; compare Dutch, Middle Low German gorgelen, German gurgeln to gargle; akin to Latin gurguliō throat
Related forms
gurglingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. bubble, burble, babble.
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  • He listened but heard only the gurgle of the Vulcan's wake and the creak of her plates.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • The yell died away to a gurgle, pinched short by the Winslow fingers.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The gurgle of a half-frozen waterfall came from the distant Ghyll.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • It was only to lick his thick lips and gurgle 233 noisily in his fat throat.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • It ended suddenly on its highest note with a choke and a gurgle.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There ensues a vast shuffling of words, a drone and a gurgle of syllables.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • He pronounces it as if the g were the hard kind that starts off gurgle.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • It couldn't be called a squeal, nor a grunt, nor a gurgle, nor a gasp.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Even in this woful climax, Theodora noted the gurgle of the child's sobs.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Presently he began to breathe hard, and to gurgle in his throat.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for gurgle

gurgle

/ˈɡɜːɡəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of liquids, esp of rivers, streams, etc) to make low bubbling noises when flowing
2.
to utter low throaty bubbling noises, esp as a sign of contentment: the baby gurgled with delight
noun
3.
the act or sound of gurgling
Derived Forms
gurgling, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Vulgar Latin gurgulāre, from Latin gurguliō gullet
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Word Origin and History for gurgle
v.

early 15c., medical term for "gurgling heard in the abdomen," a native, echoic formation, or ultimately from Latin gurguliare, perhaps via Dutch, German gurgeln. Extended (non-anatomical) use, in reference to water over stones, etc., is first recorded 1713. "This phenomenon of long specialized use before becoming a part of the general vocabulary is often found in English" [Barnhart]. Related: Gurgled; gurgling. As a noun from early 15c.

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