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[guhz-uh l] /ˈgʌz əl/
verb (used with or without object), guzzled, guzzling.
to drink, or sometimes eat, greedily, frequently, or plentifully:
They spent the whole night guzzling beer.
South Midland and Southern U.S. gozzle.
Origin of guzzle
First recorded in 1570-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
guzzler, noun
unguzzled, adjective
1. swill, imbibe, swig, tope; chugalug. Unabridged
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  • Those who had still some trace of sobriety proceeded to guzzle what was left in the opened casks.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Because you guzzle sixteen samovars full a day, that's why you put on an air of importance.

    The Inspector-General Nicolay Gogol
  • In the mill towns they learn to guzzle beer, carouse and leave their earnings with the caterers to appetite.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • Here they guzzle their whiskey and make an uproar, while the people of the house sit in a corner.

  • I'm to go on deck and steer while you two sit and guzzle, and I'm to go by nickname, and got to call you "sir" and "mister."

    The Ebb-Tide Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
  • You may guzzle wine here, but you'll want a drop of water to cool your tongues hereafter!

  • After which he paused to sigh, and leaped up to cheer and sat down again to—guzzle!

    The Norsemen in the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • If you think you can stay out half the night, and guzzle beer, and then come here to get me up, you can think again.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Chram's leudes at first affected daintiness and choice manners; but at this hour they guzzle, swallow and laugh like any of us.

    The Poniard's Hilt Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for guzzle


to consume (food or drink) excessively or greedily
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for guzzle

1570s, probably related to Old French gosillier "to go down the gullet; to vomit, chatter, talk," from gosier (13c.) "jaws, throat, gullet." Or imitative of the sound of drinking greedily. Related: Guzzled; guzzling. As a noun from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for guzzle





  1. To drink, esp rapidly: He guzzled a Coke (1500s+)
  2. To drink liquor, esp to excess: He guzzled a lot when he got worried

[fr French gosier, ''throat,'' or perhaps like that French word, echoically based on the sound of swallowing]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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