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[gur-guh l] /ˈgɜr gəl/
verb (used without object), gurgled, gurgling.
to flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current:
The water gurgled from the bottle.
to make a sound as of water doing this (often used of birds or of human beings).
verb (used with object), gurgled, gurgling.
to utter or express with a gurgling sound:
The baby gurgled its delight.
the act or noise of gurgling.
Origin of gurgle
1555-65; compare Dutch, Middle Low German gorgelen, German gurgeln to gargle; akin to Latin gurguliō throat
Related forms
gurglingly, adverb
1, 2. bubble, burble, babble. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gurgle
Historical Examples
  • The music from Washington's harmonica ceased suddenly in the midst of a lofty flight, ending in a gurgle and a gasp.

  • The eternal laughter of youth quenched in a gurgle of the throat.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Oh, she'll understand if y' kind o' chuckle an' gurgle like a fam'ly man.

  • The gurgle of the water as it came out of the canteen, maddened him.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • And they all took to holding water in their mouths that they might gurgle whenever anyone spoke to them.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • Then the surface was broken with a gurgle, and the goggle-eyes appeared.

    Under the Waves R M Ballantyne
  • There was a clink of forks and plates, the gurgle of beer from bottles, the hum of talk, and the smell of many good things to eat.

  • With a gurgle of joy she caught the little object and fingered it lovingly.

  • The black liquor fell with a gurgle and splash into cracked glasses.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • The yell died away to a gurgle, pinched short by the Winslow fingers.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for gurgle


verb (intransitive)
(of liquids, esp of rivers, streams, etc) to make low bubbling noises when flowing
to utter low throaty bubbling noises, esp as a sign of contentment: the baby gurgled with delight
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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