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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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  • There was trouble in that place—moaning, splashing, gurgling, and the clank of machinery.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • 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 Edgar Wallace
  • The hag paused, cracked forth a gurgling scream, then proceeded.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • And, gurgling happily to herself, she went out and bought a camera.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • With a gurgling cry the brute relaxed its hold, and slipped to one side.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Right up through the pebbles, bubbling and gurgling it came.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • All the while the growling and seething and gurgling of the water was heard above all.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
British Dictionary definitions for gurgling

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 gurgling

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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