- 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).
- to utter or express with a gurgling sound: The baby gurgled its delight.
- the act or noise of gurgling.
Origin of gurgle
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Examples from the Web for gurgling
They boil the leaves of the guayusa tree in the gurgling centerpiece, and gently sip its tea-like drink.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine
August 29, 2014
There was trouble in that place—moaning, splashing, gurgling, and the clank of machinery.American Notes
No sound was heard but the gurgling of blood that ran out in floods on the floor.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
It has been described as a "rumbling" noise, but I think "gurgling" is better.The Emma Gees
Herbert Wes McBride
White made a gurgling noise in his throat and held on to the desk for support.The Green Rust
The hag paused, cracked forth a gurgling scream, then proceeded.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- (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 contentmentthe baby gurgled with delight
- the act or sound of gurgling
Word Origin and History for gurgling
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.