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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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  • But it is quite another thing to guzzle while your work is still in hand.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • guzzle, to eat or drink to excess; to eat loudly, hastily, and clumsily.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • I am aware that guzzle is an unladylike word; but, as no other fits in there, I shall use it.

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • He would have carried snare, rabbit and all off for a guzzle in his own lair.

  • A single one, I believe, would spoil your drinking; 'twould tie up your guzzle.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Bunkers was an old friend of the barkeeper, and he proceeded to pour and guzzle down his throat a very poor substitute for whisky.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • Because you guzzle sixteen samovars full a day, that's why you put on an air of importance.

    The Inspector-General Nicolay Gogol
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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