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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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  • You lazy, guzzling, good-for-nothing son of a God-damn loafer!

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • But in England, soup long since became synonymous with turtle, and the guzzling alderman of legend.

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Cards and dice, fiddling and dancing, guzzling and guttling!

  • And they're taking their ease like fine gentlemen aboard there—the guzzling swine—but I'll stir 'em!

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
British Dictionary definitions for guzzling


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 guzzling



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 guzzling





  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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